Gambling Education to Become Part of the English Curriculum
by Glenn Baird - March 17, 2020
It was revealed yesterday that schools in England will begin teaching their students about the harms that come from gambling as part of the personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) course.
From September 2020 schools in England will have to start educating their young people about the harms and risk of addiction that can spring from gambling. They will also learn about debt and how best to manage it.
The course details for the curriculum were released last year and schools were given the option to begin delivering it in September 2019. However, 12 months later, as of this September, the course will become compulsory.
The course comes as part of a wider initiative to educate pupils in England about the similarities and differences between the online and physical world and dangers that can exist when young people are not fully aware of the connection between the two.
A series of lessons have been designed by the PSHE Association in collaboration with GambleAware to make life as easy for teachers as they can.
Minister of state for school standards Nick Gibb has made clear that the PSHE course should be preparing pupils for the realities of the adult world and aims to educate them on the risks and harms associated with various different forms of addiction.
“Many schools, through existing Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education, already teach about the dangers of gambling – including the psychological and financial impact,” Gibb explained. “But I want to ensure every child understands the risks, which is why we are making Health Education – including issues such as addiction and cumulative debt – compulsory from September.”