The government refuses to make sex and relationship education compulsory in schools

PSHE education is a non-statutory subject on the school curriculum. However, section 2.5 of the national curriculum states that all state schools 'should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice'.

But now the chairs of five parliamentary select committees have written to the Education Secretary for England Justine Greening asking for the government to make sex and relationship education (SRE) compulsory in all schools - something it has refused to do.

The letter expresses concern at the government's response to a women and equalities committee report into the sexual harassment and sexual abuse of pupils in schools.

This summer the UK will run out of school places.  It won’t be a huge shortfall but by 2017/18 it will have grown to 200,000 places.

The reason that the UK is running out of school places is simple: the population is rising faster than the number of new places is growing.

This population rise comes primarily from the rising birth rate, and thus it is primary schools that are being affected first, and we can see that they will continue to be pressured for at least another five years.  

As for the secondary schools, they are now starting to feel the pinch, but won’t run out of places for another couple of years. 

So what does this mean for school funding?