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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


New film about commitment

Back in January we proudly presented a co-produced film made with the FASTN charity - Commitments and Families, which looked at four very different family units, from a same sex couple to unmarried parents. We highly recommend checking it out - we've since added Lesson plans, Worksheets and Powerpoint slides to help apply it in the classroom for KS4 pupils:

We have now also uploaded a brand new additional film on the subject of Commitment, made by us and FASTN, along with Lesson Plans, Worksheets and Guidance - BUT to use for teaching KS3 pupils.  

Nick Brewer is a rapper and spoken word artist. Here, he shares his poem about what commitment means to him:

Using the stimulus of the poem, pupils are given the opportunity to consider their own values and commitments, the benefits of those commitments, and what they would like to commit to in the future.

In order to support development and maintenance of healthy and reliable relationships, this lesson — which explores a range of relationship types — enables pupils to:

  • describe what commitment means and looks like
  • explain why commitment is important for people’s health, wellbeing and relationships
  • explain what commitment means for them
  • reflect on their own commitments, now and in the future
  • The pack includes teacher guidance, a lesson plan, worksheets and slides to support delivery.


Free climate change classroom resources

We are delighted to award our Quality Mark to Lifebuoy’s ‘Soaper Heroes UK’ primary PSHE education lesson plans.

The lessons will help KS1&2 pupils to explore how handwashing protects themselves and others. The accompanying teacher guidance contains relevant statistics on personal health and hygiene and advice on how to link the resources to wider school policies on safeguarding and attendance.

There are two lessons in total — one for KS1 and another for KS2 — both teaching pupils how to wash and sanitise their hands effectively, and encouraging them to reflect on hand hygiene as personal and social responsibility.  

Pupils learn: 

  • Why hand hygiene is important to prevent the spread of germs
  • How to ensure handwashing and sanitising is effective
  • How hand hygiene links to responsibilities to help keep ourselves and others healthy

To download the lessons, follow the link below and select ‘Teacher Register’ to register your details and download the ‘PSHE Resources 5-11yrs’ file.

Download the ‘Soaper Heroes’ PSHE lesson plans



Free climate change classroom resources

To help you support positive action towards climate change in your school, explore our resources Life Below Water, Life on Land, Rising Sea Levels, Zero Waste, Clean Air, Clean Energy plus a Climate Change Challenge. All activities support the UN Sustainable Development Goal on Climate Action.

Free climate change classroom resources




‘The Rights Idea?’ KS3-4 lesson plans on parental separation and children’s rights gain Quality Mark

We are delighted to award our Quality Mark to ‘The Rights Idea?’ — a free-to-access two-part lesson pack from the University of Exeter. The resources enable students to learn about changing relationships and manage the impact of parental separation, supporting the statutory Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) requirements and learning opportunities in our Programme of Study. They will help students to understand and exercise their rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), including their rights to information, consultation and (where needed) representation when parents separate.

‘The Rights Idea? lessons have been produced by academics at the University of Exeter in collaboration with The National Youth Advocacy Service (NYAS) and The National Association of Child Contact Centres (NACCC), two leading national charities working with families and young people when parents separate. The lessons draw on research by the University of Exeter indicating a strong appetite amongst young people for information on their rights and the support available under such circumstances. These materials have also achieved the Association of Citizenship Teaching (ACT) Quality Mark for Citizenship education resources.

The pack includes PowerPoints, a teacher guide, a video and an infographic.

Download 'The Rights Idea?'


Preventing sexual harrassment in schools - the role of PSHE

Many people will have attended a webinar recently on the above topic. It is vital we support young people with these difficult issues, and understand the crucial role PSHE education can play.

Here are the resources from the webinar shared directly from PSHE association

 Our handout for the session, with key tips and important links

  • Our guide to ‘Handling complex issues safely in the PSHE education classroom & creating a safe learning environment’ (usually a member-only resource, but we’re offering it to all attendees)
  • Dr Elly Hanson’s slides from her presentation

The above resources can be downloaded by clicking the button below.

  • Our teacher briefing on ‘Addressing pornography through PSHE education’ and accompanying research briefing from Dr Elly Hanson on the impact of pornography on young people.
  • You might also be interesting in other training we’re running this term and next

And we’d encourage you to join us if your school is not already a member, as you’ll then benefit from all of the resources we produce and dedicated advice from our Subject Specialist team.

Download Resources


‘Keeping safe’ FGM guidance and lesson plan (lower KS3)


This guidance is for teachers and PSHE leads teaching about FGM during the secondary phase. It contextualises the issue and the relevant statutory requirements to help you consider how to include FGM within your curriculum at an age-appropriate level. Ensure you read the guidance before teaching the lesson.

Lesson plan (PDF and PowerPoint versions available)

For use with Year 7 or 8 pupils, the lesson plan and accompanying resources will help teachers to:

  • explain what FGM is
  • highlight the law in relation to FGM
  • explore myths and facts in relation to FGM
  • ensure that those who have been subject to FGM, or may still be at risk, know where to seek help and access support 

Download guidance & lesson plan


New KS1-4 lessons on change, loss and grief

Our new lesson plans on change, loss and grief are the latest addition to our mental health and emotional wellbeing lesson pack. We’ve built this new lesson series into existing schemes of work for each key stage to ensure this topic is addressed sensitively and age-appropriately.

The lessons – complete with accompanying guidance, resources and PowerPoints – will help your pupils explore and understand:

  • how change, loss (including bereavement) and grief affect people
  • the different responses people can have when grieving
  • strategies to help manage change loss and grief
  • sources of support and how to access them

Download new lessons and guidance 


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