PSHE Review Outcome March 2013

The Sex Education Forum voices concerns that PSHE Review Outcome 'does not go far enough'

In response to the government's announcement of PSHE Review Outcome (21 March 2013) Lucy Emmerson, Co-ordinator of the Sex Education Forum, hosted by children's charity the National Children's Bureau (NCB) said:

"The recent PSHE Review clearly shows more action to improve SRE is essential, with relationships and sex education topping the list of subjects that respondents to the review thought should be made statutory. Citizenship appeared bottom of that list and yet it is already statutory".

"Although we are pleased that some investment in supporting schools has been made, with Ofsted and the PSHE Association being tasked with sharing good practice and helping teachers, we do not believe that the Review Outcome goes far enough. SRE (within PSHE) should be made a statutory subject".

The PSHE announcement comes as the Sex Education Forum is set to publish its response to proposals set out in the National Curriculum Review. The revised National Curriculum proposes changes to what is taught in science. Given that the status of SRE and PSHE is unchanged by the Review Outcome it is all the more important that the content about growing up and sex in the new science curriculum is unambiguous and fulfils children's need for straightforward information about their bodies and growing up.

Jane Lees, Chair of the Sex Education Forum said: "We recommend that the science curriculum adopts clear open language and a positive tone for content relating to human reproduction, growth and sexual health. This is essential to make it clear to teachers, parents and pupils what will be taught."

The full ministerial statement is available from the Parliament web-site and a summary report of the PSHE consultation can be found on the DfE web-site. 


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About the National Children's Bureau

The National Children's Bureau is a leading charity that for 50 years has been improving the lives of children and young people, especially the most vulnerable. We work with children and for children, to influence government policy, be a strong voice for young people and practitioners, and provide creative solutions on a range of social issues. For more information visit


The Sex Education Forum

The Sex Education Forum is the national authority on sex and relationships education (SRE). We believe that good quality SRE is an entitlement for all children and young people and we are working with its 90 member organisations - including religious, children's, parents and governor, health and education organisations - to achieve this. For further information visit