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RCN response to Education Committee report on PSHE

The Royal College of Nursing has welcomed a recommendation from the Education Select Committee that personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education be placed on a statutory footing. 

The RCN believes this will help ensure PSHE education is sufficiently resourced and inspected to meet a national standard. Currently, some schools don't teach PSHE and among those that do, there are wide variations in content and quality.

It said that school nurses can play an important role in delivering PSHE education, including through leading sex and relationship programmes in schools.

Dr Peter Carter chief executive and general secretary of the RCN said: “The school nurse is often a trusted and valued source of information... School nursing must be properly resourced to give every child and young person access to this expertise.”