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Following our piece in December 2014, which outlined the concerns raised by the Education Select Committee to the Department for Education on the shortcomings of Personal, Social, and Health Education (PSHE) in schools, the Education Select Committee have recently criticised the Department for Education for failing to commit to making PSHE compulsory in schools, and for making little progress on improving the quality of existing PSHE, which requires improvement in 40% of cases.
The Education Secretary Nicky Morgan claimed that, “All young people should leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. High quality PSHE teaching has a vital role to play in this, helping young people understand the world around them, building resilience and helping them to make informed choices and stay safe." If PSHE provision were improved and extended to all schools, it could be a very appropriate subject area for students to discuss the military in a balanced way (the armed forces' widespread engagement with schools does not currently encourage such an approach).