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bpas comment on new BHA report regarding the inspection of SRE in schools

A report published today by the British Humanist Association (BHA) has found that the teaching of personal, social, health, and economic education (PSHE) and sex and relationships education (SRE) in English schools is being ‘fatally neglected’ by school inspectors.

Katherine O’Brien, Head of Media and Policy Research at bpas, said:

"In 2013, Ofsted stated that PSHE is not yet good enough in 40% of schools, yet as a subject it is sadly still not receiving adequate attention. Comprehensive, good quality sex and relationships education can play a key role in improving sexual and reproductive health outcomes – and the vast majority of parents and pupils want to see it on the school curriculum. While we have heard a lot of positive rhetoric on SRE, this is clearly not being matched by practice. We urge both the government and Ofsted to carefully consider this report’s recommendations and take the necessary steps to improving the provision of this important subject. Young people deserve nothing less."


The full report, Healthy, happy, safe? An investigation into how PSHE and SRE are inspected in English schools, is available online here.