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Moral teaching in the school curriculum

01 July 2009


From Mr Richard Bloor

Sir, — All parents, school governors, and Christians should be concerned to respond to the Government’s consultation paper on the delivery of PSHE (Personal, Social, Health, and Economic education) curricu­lum in schools.

The paper can be found at www.qca.org.uk/curriculum consultation; there is a phone line for enquiries, 020 7509 5556; or contact Simon Watmough, at Ipsos MORI House, 79-81 Borough Road, London SE1 1FY.

The response form shows that the Government is considering making the PSHE curriculum statutory, thus removing the participation of school governors and parents in its formulation. Further, parents would no longer have the right to with­draw their children from the sex and relationships element of PSHE education.

PSHE has a heavy moral content, and a teacher can deliver it with a very subjective slant. Better to leave this to the control of parents and school governors. Furthermore, why should the Government be entitled to dictate our moral values?

The Springs, Carlton Lane
Burton Overy LE8 9DF

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