Lord Adebowale joins call for statutory PSHE classes in schools

News item posted: 19 June 2017

In his capacity as co-chair of the all-party parliamentary group for complex needs and dual diagnosis, Turning Point Chief Executive Lord Victor Adebowale is a signatory to an open letter calling for Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education to become a statutory part of the curriculum in schools.

The letter was signed by the chairs of several all-party parliamentary groups, royal medical colleges, royal societies, teaching unions, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Office of the Children's Commissioner, and Public Health England. In it, they highlight the benefits of PSHE for children's safety and well-being, as well as the wider benefits to society, in terms of the personal and character traits that contribute to children and young people's ability to thrive in the UK today.

The open letter was published in the Daily Telegraph, to coincide with the release of the Commons Education Committee's report on the subject, which calls unequivocally for mandatory PSHE. Lord Adebowale lent his support to the campaign as PSHE can have an important role to play in helping children and young people to cope with the challenges posed by mental health issues, substance misuse, or learning disability, whether these issues affect them, or those around them. Intervening and educating early in this way can also contribute to young people having greater resilience and improved wellbeing in adulthood.