Health education upgrade to boost students’ mental health

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Health education is to be made compulsory in all schools in England under new government plans following growing concerns about mental health problems among young people.

Children will be taught how to build mental resilience, as well as how to recognise whentheir peers are struggling with mental health issues, as part of the new programme.

Under government proposals, health education will be a mandatory part of the curriculum for all primary and secondary schools from autumn 2020.
 
Although the move has been welcomed by those campaigning for it, some have criticised the delayed roll-out of the reforms – which were planned for September 2019 – and they say that the government’s proposals do not go far enough.
As part of the proposals, pupils will be taught the benefits of healthy eating and keeping fit.
Just this week, Ofsted boss Amanda Spielman warned that schools cannot provide a "silver bullet" to tackle childhood obesity and should not be expected to solve society’s wider problems.
 
As well as a focus on health, the reformed guidance to schools – which has not been updated since 2000 – will include topics like consent, keeping children safe online and LGBT+ issues.
 
However, not all topics currently covered in PSHE lessons in school, such as financial literacy and preparation for the workplace, are being made compulsory by the government.  
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