SRE Review Report Published - PSHE to Become Statutory

The schools minister, Jim Knight, who co-chaired the review of SRE in schools, has announced that PSHE, including SRE, will become a statutory part of the curriculum for English schools. The decision comes in response to the findings of the review, and the report of the Advisory Group on Drug and Alcohol Education, both reports concluding that good PSHE is vital to a healthy rounded education. Sir Alasdair MacDonald has been asked to head a review into the best way to change the status of PSHE.

The report of the SRE review group argued that statutory status for PSHE is necessary, to ensure that it is given the appropriate priority within schools. Other recommendations include steps to improve the confidence and skills of those delivering SRE, greater use by schools of external sources of support, improved guidance, and opportunities for input from young people into SRE programmes.  

The Sex Education Forum has responded to this welcome news.

Both the report, and the government response, are available to download from the Teachernet website:

Review of Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) in schools [PDF 188KB]

Government response to the report by the SRE review steering group [PDF 417KB]