Other curriculum content issues

Basic skills

A term usually taken to denote the `3Rs' (reading, `riting and `rithmetic) of the old elementary school tradition.

Cross-curricular issues

Issues and concerns which are of great importance and about which teaching and learning may occur in many different subjects.

Personal, social and health education (PSHE)

A cross-curricular issue concerning the holistic development of the child beyond the curriculum and with particular reference to self-perception, interrelationships with others and work on sex education, drug, family life, safety, health-related exercise, nutrition and personal hygiene.

Sex education

Curricular provision, reflecting the school policy set by governors, which introduces children to sex and human relationships and encourages them to consider morals and the value of family life.

Multi-cultural education

An approach to teaching and curriculum provision intended to increase all pupils' awareness and appreciation of the cultures, beliefs and traditions of the ethnic groups in British society. Sometimes criticised for failing to address the `real' structural issues of social disadvantage that many minority British ethnic groups face.

Anti-racist education

An approach to teaching and curriculum provision intended to increase all pupils' awareness and understanding of the socio-economic structures which systematically and institutionally disadvantage many minority British ethnic groups. Sometimes criticised for being too radical.