Should PSHE be statuatory?

school child in PSHE lesson

The government is coming under pressure to make personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education a compulsory subject in schools in England. We recently asked Mumsnet users whether they think PSHE should become statutory – and nearly all of them agreed that it should.

PSHE is a broad subject that – among other things – covers mental health, online safety, and challenging extremism and radicalisation, as well as preparing for a changing employment market. Currently, PSHE doesn’t have statutory status in English schools, and as a result some schools don’t cover it at all.

We asked Mumsnet users 'Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: PSHE should be a statutory subject in all state-sector schools, including primaries and secondaries, and including free schools and academies.'

A whopping 90% of respondents agreed that PSHE should be compulsory, with only 4% saying no, it shouldn't.

What do you think? Join our discussion about PSHE over on Mumsnet Talk.

*Survey of 1057 Mumsnet users in England with at least one child