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9 May 2012
The PSHE Association welcomes recent researchthat shows significantly increased academic achievement amongst pupils that completed the ASDAN Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE) qualification. CoPE includes important elements of PSHE education.
A study from the University of the West of England of more than half a million pupils found that young people who passed CoPE raised their chances of achieving A* to C grades in English by 10% and achieving five A* to C grades including English and Maths by 5%. The impact was most significant on those in less privileged educational groups.
The findings confirm our position that pupils' work towards initiatives such as CoPE doesn't come at the expense of core academic subjects but can in fact, as the study shows, assist attainment in those subjects.
The PSHE Associationis committed to supporting the provision of high quality PSHE education in schools. We advocate that PSHE education should be a statutory entitlement for all children and young people.