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23 October, 2008

Statutory status for PSHE welcomed by the Citizenship Foundation

Ambitious Government plans to give PSHE statutory status must be matched with a commitment for more training and support for teachers

While the Citizenship Foundation, as a long-time advocate for both PSHE and Citizenship achieving statutory status in the primary and secondary phases, welcomes the Government's announcement that PSHE is to become statutory across Key Stages 1 - 4, it is concerned that training and support for teachers is insufficient to meet the challenges that these plans will entail.

In response to the announcement, Citizenship Foundation Chief Executive Tony Breslin said:

‘We recognise that, when we get beyond the all of the hype and noise surrounding the extension of sex and relationship education to primary schools, this announcement signals a commitment on behalf of the Government to strengthening the broader social curriculum that includes PSHE, Citizenship and Enterprise. This is excellent news for children and young people. However, we are concerned that the already insufficient training and support for teachers will meet neither students', nor teachers', needs when PSHE is made statutory.

New and practicing teachers, curriculum coordinators and school leaders must be able to access the training and resources required to deliver success in, and beyond, the classroom. To this end, the Citizenship Foundation will do all that we can to support Sir Macdonald's review and we look forward to working with our partners in the PSHE community, in local authority advisory services and with DCSF and its agencies - especially Ofsted, the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, the Teacher Development Agency and the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust.'

Citizenship Foundation programmes, such as Go-Givers at Key Stages 1 and 2 and Paying for It at Key Stages 3 and 4, are already recognised as valuable resources for the delivery of PSHE. As PSHE becomes statutory, the Citizenship Foundation will be redoubling its efforts to support teachers and schools in this area.

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