Rightful focus on domestic danger

4th December 2009 at 00:00

Raising pupils' awareness about equality and domestic violence issues can only be good, and the obvious place to do so is through personal, social and health education ("PSHE moves beyond sex and drugs to win respect for girls", November 27). But how effectively and successfully this can be achieved without adequate support for schools is debatable.

PSHE in schools is already overstretched because of the demands of the pastoral curriculum and has a very small timetabled slot to teach it - mostly through the circle time-type activities in primary schools and one lesson per week in secondaries.

Teaching PSHE also requires specific resources and expertise which have budgetary implications.

Cllr Husain Akhtar, Retired school inspector and Conservative councillor for the London borough of Harrow.

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