21 September 2016
On Thursday 15 September Fiona delivered a letter to 10 Downing Street, along with two other bereaved mums, Lorin LaFave and Sacha Langton-Gilks. The letter asked Theresa May to make Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) a statutory part of every school curriculum. Sacha is the lead champion for the Brain Tumour Charity's Head Smart Campaign and lost her son David to brain cancer when he was 16. Lorin founded The Breck Foundation after her son Breck Bednar, 14, was stabbed to death after being groomed online. All three of us are working in schools through PSHE to try to prevent similar harm happening to other young people as happened to our own boys. However, government figures show that the amount of time schools spend on PSHE has fallen by a third in the last five years and the PSHE Association predicts this will increase without government intervention.
The letter is part of a long-running campaign led by the PSHE Association which has extensive support and endorsement, including from a wide range of government bodies, charities and organisations, teaching unions, and from 88% of teachers and 92% of both parents and young people. More public support in fact than any other policy change.
They had a very constructive, open and positive response from the Department for Education, which is great, and did a series of interviews during the day, including an hour on BBC Radio London’s Drive Time and on Channel 5 News