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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



Water safety lesson plans for KS2

The PSHE Association has worked in partnership with the Environment Agency to develop a new, free-to-download pack of guidance, lesson plans and resource for key stage 2 exploring water safety in relation to floods, canals and rivers. 

Both lessons in the pack provide an age-appropriate understanding of potential hazards, how to manage emergency situations and keep safe. Supporting pupils to keep safe in the environment is an important element of the PSHE education curriculum and contributes to safeguarding pupils from harm.


'Canals and rivers' lesson

By the end of the lessons, pupils will be able to

  • identify hazards and hidden dangers near canals and rivers
  • explain how to keep safe near canals and rivers
  • demonstrate what to do if there is an incident or emergency

'Flood alert' lesson

With the increased likelihood of flooding in the UK, this ‘flood alert’ lesson is particularly timely. By the end of the lessons, pupils will be able to

  • identify what a flood is and what causes a flood
  • explain the role of the Environment Agency in flood prevention and keeping people safe when floods occur
  • recognise flood hazards and warning signs
  • identify how to keep safe in the event of a flood
  • explain the steps people can take to be prepared for a flood

The accompanying teacher guidance outlines how to plan the lessons into your PSHE education curriculum, and provides advice on creating a safe learning environment for your pupils and signposting to additional support.

Download the free materials


St John's Ambulance: First aid lesson plans (KS2-4)

New lesson plans and associated content from St John Ambulance that have been awarded our Quality Mark for PSHE education resources. All materials are free to download and available for key stages 2, 3 and 4.

These lesson plans and teacher guidance will help young people to recognise and respond to common first aid situations and support schools to meet the statutory Health Education requirements to cover first aid.

The accompanying teacher guidance and range of activities will support teachers to create a safe and effective learning environment, thus creating a coherent long-term plan for First Aid education from KS2 through to KS4. 


Lesson plans covering the following six first aid topics have been awarded the Quality Mark: 

  • Asthma: Causes and what to do if someone is having an asthma attack 
  • Bites and stings: First aid for bites and stings and responding to allergic reactions  
  • Bleeding: First aid for bleeding and shock 
  • Choking: What to do if a toddler, child, or adult is choking 
  • Emergencies and calling for help: Responding in an emergency situation and calling emergency services 

Head injuries: First aid for minor and severe head injuries 

KS3 & 4 

We have also quality assured nine lesson plans for key stages 3 and 4. These revisit the same six topics as the KS2 materials — though go into greater depth and consider more independent contexts — and introduce the following additional areas:

  • Basic life support: Primary survey, recovery position, CPR and using AEDs 
  • Bone, muscle, and joint injuries (KS4): First aid for bone, muscle, and joint injuries 

Chest pain (KS4): Causes of chest pain and first aid for angina/heart attacks  

Download lessons & teacher guidance


Book on our latest online training

All courses are designed and delivered by our team of Subject Specialists and provide a wealth of resources and practical advice.  We have a packed training calendar for next term including the following online CPD in April

  • 20 April - Effective Drug and Alcohol Education (online twilight CPD, KS3&4)
  • 21 April - Effective PSHE education in Special Education Provision (online CPD, Cross-phase)
  • 27 April - Implementing statutory Relationships, Sex & Health Education (online CPD, KS3&4)

29 April - Implementing statutory Relationships Education and Health Education (online CPD, KS1&2)

Book now to secure your place


We also wanted to highlight free online training that we’re running through FutureLearn. Our popular ‘PSHE Education: Helping Children Navigate a Complex World’ training explores the nature of PSHE education and provides all teachers – but especially those new to the subject – the fundamentals of safe, effective practice.  Enrol by 2 May to join the course.


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