ATL supports Bill for compulsory PSHE and SRE in schools
Caroline Lucas MP is to reintroduce the Bill on personal, social and health education and sex and relationships education (PSHE and SRE) in the House of Commons today.
Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said:
"ATL fully supports Caroline Lucas' Bill on PSHE and SRE. Education professionals want PSHE and SRE to become compulsory in all schools so they can help young people to become resilient, well-rounded, and confident adults. Teaching young people about sex and relationships helps them to make well-informed life choices. Parents support this, education professionals support this and, most importantly, young people want this. The Education Select Committee also recommends it is taught in schools.
"ATL believes teachers need help to become confident in teaching PSHE in their schools through better initial teacher training in PSHE, ongoing continuing professional development and up-to-date guidance and training. PSHE should be a discrete statutory subject which reinforces life skills across the whole curriculum."