• Schools need official guidance on pupils' social media safety

    An international anti-bullying charity has demanded better guidance for schools on keeping children safe on social media. Sue Jones, global deputy chief executive officer of charity Ditch the Label, said her organisation is “constantly” contacted by teachers asking for more help, and wants the Department for Education to publish more advice. She told the parliamentary science

    15.18 May. 22nd, 2018 | News

  • Teachers need proper sex education training, warn experts

    External speakers should not be used as substitutes for trained teachers under plans to make sex and relationships education compulsory in all schools, subject experts have warned. From September 2019 it will be compulsory to teach relationships education in all primary schools, and sex and relationships education in all secondary schools. However, there are concerns

    7.00 Feb. 11th, 2018 | News

  • Mental health green paper will tackle risks of social media

    A government green paper on children and young people’s mental health, tackling internet safety and the impact of social media, will be published before Christmas. In a response to a joint report on education and mental health from the education and health committees, the government today said it was “committed to the publication of a

    16.09 Oct. 24th, 2017 | News

  • Spare our blushes! SRE teacher training needed before 2019

    Funding is available this year for second subject specialism training in maths, physics and modern foreign languages – but sex education is not an option, even though it is due to become compulsory. The lack of options for free sex education training before the policy is implemented is a worry for Caroline Lucas, the Green

    5.00 Oct. 22nd, 2017 | News

  • Deliver sex education as part of compulsory PSHE say subject leaders

    Subject leaders want the government to implement compulsory personal, social, health and economics education (PSHE) at the same time as sex and relations education, and as part of one, integrated subject. From September 2019, sex and relationships education (SRE) will become compulsory for all secondary schools, while primary schools will have to teach relationships education.

    5.00 Mar. 27th, 2017 | News

  • Justine Greening told by five select committees that demand for compulsory sex and relationships education is now 'deafening'

    Five parliamentary select committees have written to Justine Greening to say the demand for compulsory sex and relationships education (SRE), and personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) in all schools is now “deafening”. In a public letter, the chairs of five committees – education; women and equalities; home affairs; health; and business, energy and

    11.08 Nov. 30th, 2016 | News

  • Government 'taking forward' academies white paper, Greening confirms

    The government remains committed to the idea of all schools becoming academies and is “pulling together” legislation to enact its Education for All white paper, Justine Greening has confirmed. School leaders had raised concerns with Schools Week about a confusion between the green paper plans for selection and the white paper focus on academies. Greening

    11.11 Sep. 15th, 2016 | News