Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) remains a non-statutory subject but elements of PSHE are compulsory (confused yet?), as part of schools’ responsibility to support students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, always high on the agenda of Ofsted inspectors.
Despite the subject's importance, just 29% of teachers say that their school is ready for the introduction of compulsory relationships and sex education (RSE), a central part of the PSHE curriculum, in September 2018. The same survey found that 91% thought the Government should fund additional resources, showing concerns around the quality and cost-effectiveness of existing programmes.
Only 29% of teachers say their school is ready for compulsory relationships education
Over half of 15-18 year olds are not receiving any financial education
Teaching staff bear the brunt of poor provision, reporting threats from parents when teaching controversial topics in a subject that very few have trained for as a subject specialist.
Financial education is another compulsory aspect of PSHE, yet a 2016 report found that over half of 15-18 year olds were not receiving any financial education. And more than a fifth (pdf) of young people lack confidence with money management.
Citizenship on the other hand is a statutory subject. But again there are concerns about provision. While schools should not be expected to shoulder the full burden of teaching young people about social and political issues, the real-world impact of youth disengagement is clear: while young voter turnout increased dramatically in last year’s General Election, 18-24 year olds are still less likely to vote than any other age group.
43% of 18-19 year olds did not vote in the 2017 General Election
- engaging students through quality teaching and pastoral support
- creating a tolerant, open and democratic school climate
- and lastly, providing students with relevant, accessible, up-to-date information and guidance.
In order to help schools improve the quality of information they provide on these crucial issues and allow students to access information in safety and privacy, we have put together MyLife, a library of digital resources available via the nimbl app.
With these digital resources students can enjoy the benefits of mobile learning and schools can provide school-wide support that is both practical and cost-effective.
Working with expert contributors such as children’s charities Become and Coram Voice, these resources aim to build children's confidence and independence as they make decisions about the way they live their lives.
MyLife brings together resources on topics ranging from online safety to money management to relaxation. More titles – covering topics including relationships, mental health, body image, British values, entrepreneurship and active citizenship – are due to be published between now and the start of the next academic year.
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