Teaching our kids about respect and equality
Last week, I took part in a debate on Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE).
Education is clearly a devolved issue, but it’s one that I care about.
PSHE – including relationship and sex education (RSE) – is key to helping to eliminate sexist attitudes. It helps to educate our kids about the importance of sustaining healthy, respectful and equal relationships between boys and girls.
According to a recent study, over a third of female students have experienced sexual harassment whilst at school and unfortunately less than a quarter of female students believe that their school takes sexism seriously enough.
I firmly believe that making elements of PSHE education, including RSE, statutory in all schools would make a big difference in reducing the harmful attitudes that lead to this kind of behaviour in schools and sometimes escalating to violence later in life.