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Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

Question for Department for Education

UIN HL3597, tabled on 1 November 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to introduce compulsory teaching for Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) once per week in schools.

Answered on

11 November 2021

The government does not specify how schools should allocate their time to deliver the curriculum. School managers will need to design their timetables to meet the requirements of all parts of the statutory curriculum and their other duties with regard to the wider school curriculum.

Since September 2020, it has been compulsory for schools to teach relationships education (for primary school-aged pupils), relationships and sex education (for secondary school-aged pupils) and health education (for all pupils in state-funded schools). The department knows that many schools choose to teach some of the new content from the new curriculum in their personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) (or similarly described) programme for their pupils. Teachers are encouraged to develop their practice in a way that meets the specific needs of their pupils.