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Personal, Social, Health and Economic education

PSHE Education is a planned, developmental programme of learning designed to help learners develop the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.

PSHE Education deals with real life issues which affect children, young people, their families and their communities. It includes: health, risk, relationships, loss, change, career choices and personal finance.

'Every Child Matters' (2003) highlighted the importance of support for children's wellbeing alongside an increased recognition of personal wellbeing as a key factor in enabling learning.

PSHE Education makes a significant contribution to the health, wellbeing and safeguarding of children and young people. It contributes to the health of the nation, ultimately reducing NHS spending. It underpins young people's future employability and by increasing independence ultimately enables them to take responsibility for themselves in their future roles as parents, employees and leaders.

Not all learners have access to good quality PSHE Education and investment in the training of teachers is needed if PSHE Education is to be delivered to the highest standard.

The PSHE Association website provides up-to-date support and information.

A wealth of resources used by Leading Teachers in Gloucestershire to support PSHE education are available and divided into appropriateness for different age groups as a guideline.

"Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) plays a crucial part in teaching children and young people to recognise dangers and harmful situations and to know the preventative actions they can take to keep themselves safe" Ofsted - Safeguarding in schools: best practice Sept 2011.

"Children can benefit enormously from high-quality Personal Social Health and Economic (PSHE) education. Good PSHE supports individual young people to make safe and informed choices. It can help tackle public health issues such as substance misuse." Department for Education - The Importance of Teaching 2010.


Drug and alcohol education

The PSHE Association drug and alcohol schemes of work for key stages 1-4 have been developed for Public Health England. This resource pack includes lesson plans and resources for each key stage, as well as a comprehensive teacher guidance document, knowledge organisers and an evidence review of effective drug and alcohol education practice.

These materials explore the facts, laws, risks and consequences associated with drug and alcohol use, as well as the dangers of household products and prescribed medications. They will equip pupils to manage influences and pressure, and provide them with the knowledge, understanding, attributes, and strategies to keep themselves healthy and safe. 


'Something's not Right campaign'

We have just awarded our Quality Mark to new teaching resources that support the Home Office ‘Something’s Not Right’ campaign on recognising and making disclosures about different forms of abuse.

These free-to-download lesson plans for KS3-5 focus on:

  • Helping young people to recognise abuse
  • Providing information on where to go for help
  • Overcoming barriers to reporting abuse

Supporting students to speak to a trusted adult and report concerns is of huge importance at any time, but especially now, given particular concerns about the impact of Covid-19 — isolation can put some children at a greater risk of various kinds of abuse, and reduces available opportunities for adults to spot the signs and help.

The lessons are designed to help students to recognise when they might need to seek help for themselves or others and understand the value of seeking support from trusted sources.

Download the ‘Something’s not right’ lesson plans

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