Most of PSHE education becomes statutory for all schools from September. This includes Relationships Education at key stages 1 and 2, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) at key stages 3 and 4, and Health Education in both primary and secondary phases
The statutory guidance is comprehensively covered by learning opportunities for each key stage across the Programme’s three core themes: ‘Health and Wellbeing’, ‘Relationships’, and ‘Living in the Wider World’,
The programme of study includes three core themes:
1. Health and Wellbeing
3. Living in the Wider World
Our Programme of Study for PSHE education has been updated (January 2020) — to support schools to integrate the new statutory content, by key stage, into their broader PSHE programmes
*The Government has committed to making the health education and relationships education/RSE aspects of PSHE compulsory from September 2020.
New for 2021, our guidance briefing summarises key steps schools can take to make sure their PSHE education (including statutory RSHE content) is optimised to help prevent sexual harassment and abuse as part of a whole school approach.
This guidance provides practical support to teachers about the confident and safe teaching of body image as part of PSHE education at Key Stages 1 to 5 .
It advises teachers on developing their own teaching materials or adapting existing resources for use in the classroom. The document includes a list of recommended resources.
- exploring what body image is
- how to create a positive school environment
- how to build body image into PSHE
- working with parents
- addressing the needs of vulnerable groups
- recommended resources
These two guides will support primary and secondary colleagues with parental engagement when it comes to the Relationships Education and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) aspects of PSHE education. They include practical advice for schools — including a template letter and parent workshop plan — on how to positively communicate with parents about the statutory changes, as well as an overview of requirements regarding withdrawal of pupils from sex education.
PSHE education — including some statutory Relationships Education, RSE and Health Education content — should play a key role while pupils are being taught remotely. However, it is crucial to choose materials wisely and consider topics carefully.
Not all resources are safe or suitable. Our checklist will help you only choose materials that support a safe learning environment, focus on topics suitable for remote teaching, avoid approaches that traumatise or stigmatise, and rely on trusted sources of information.
See our regularly-updated Coronavirus hub for additional guidance and teaching resources to help you meet the needs of your pupils during this challenging time.
Supporting PSHE education leads and teachers working with pupils with special educational needs and disability (SEND) is a key part of our work. We are therefore delighted to launch this fully updated version of the PSHE Association Planning Framework for Pupils with SEND. It will support those of you working with SEND pupils in both special and mainstream settings.
All schools are required to teach the majority of PSHE education from September 2020. This includes Relationships Education at key stages 1 and 2, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) at key stages 3 and 4, and Health Education in both primary and secondary phases.
We published this latest version of our Framework in July 2020 and it accompanies the 2020 edition of the PSHE Association Programme of Study for PSHE education. It is also fully aligned with the Statutory Guidance for Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education from the Department for Education (DfE). We have mapped the content grids from this statutory guidance to the Planning Framework, and adapted learning outcomes appropriately in cases where statutory content may not be accessible for pupils with SEND.
This Framework also supports schools to provide a comprehensive PSHE programme that integrates, but is not limited to, this new statutory content. ‘The World I Live In’ section covers aspects of PSHE relating to careers education, economic wellbeing, personal safety (including assessing and managing risk) and preparing for adulthood. Though not yet a statutory part of PSHE education, this learning is critical to support different levels of independence that pupils with SEND may have.
The Framework covers all of this while supporting you to plan, assess, monitor and evidence progress and achievement in your pupils’ PSHE education.
The Planning Framework is free to download and printed copies will be available for members to purchase once we resume our delivery service. Register your interest here.
Also see our SEND Hub, to which we will will be adding case studies, a webinar, and all other SEND-related materials.
Our drug and alcohol education schemes of work — developed for Public Health England — 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.
Schools must now cover drug and alcohol education as part of statutory Health Education, Relationships Education/RSE requirements, so this pack will provide you with the materials you need to do so with confidence. Our mapping tables in the teacher guidance will allow you to identify where the lessons address this statutory content and relevant learning opportunities from the PSHE Association Programme of Study core themes.
Our new, remotely recorded podcast series — Storytime with Nick Boddington — takes an insightful (and sometimes playful!) look at the role story can play in exploring challenging PSHE topics in a safe and effective way.
In episode 1 Nick Boddington — founding PSHE Association Subject Specialist and voice of authority on all things PSHE — reflects on the use of ‘story’ as a powerful route into learning in PSHE education. Nick offers some best-practice considerations for using story effectively in a classroom setting, and gives some examples of where seemingly ‘simple’ tales can provoke complex questions and a deeper understanding of important concepts. You’ll never read Six-Dinner Sid in the same way again!
*** In episode 2** Nick considers some ways of deconstructing a story, including using case studies and ‘timeline’, in order to help us use it to explore issues and strategies in PSHE. Join Nick for this fascinating journey into the medium of story, paved with vital psychological insights on ‘critical’ and ‘crunch’ moments — exploring how our young people can access their learning when they need it most — and social norms.
Two free lesson plans — with accompanying PowerPoints — for primary pupils (Key stage 2), and a new podcast episode on the current trends around gambling harms and young people.
The first lesson, ‘Exploring risk’, is designed for any year group in KS2 and explores pupils’ understanding and assessment of risk in a variety of situations.
The second, ‘Chancing it!’, is designed for Year 6 pupils and explores risk in relation to gambling.
This guidance contains advice and resources for teachers on delivering lessong about consent at Key Stages 3 and 4.
It is split into 2 parts: the first consisting of general advice and an outline of key concepts; the second a set of 8 lesson plans exploring different elements of consent.
It has been developed by the PSHE Association, and funded by the Department for Education. It contains a joint foreward from Home Secretary Theresa May and Education Secretary Nicky Morgan.
An FAQ on using this guidance is available at: https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/consent
Our guidance on teaching about mental health and emotional wellbeing through PSHE education was originally produced under a Department for Education grant, and has been fully updated and relaunched for 2019 to match the government’s new statutory PSHE requirements regarding Health Education, Relationships Education and RSE.
The guidance covers key aspects of teaching about mental health effectively and safely, including:
Why it is important to teach about mental health and emotional wellbeing
Key principles in teaching about mental health and emotional wellbeing safely and confidently
Building teaching on mental health into a planned PSHE programme
Addressing challenging mental health issues such as eating disorders, self-harm and suicide
See also: Lesson plans and PowerPoints
We’ve also created a FREE suite of 18 lesson plans and resources for key stages 1 to 4 — designed to be used in conjunction with the Teacher Guidance (in fact it is essential to consult the Guidance before delivering the lessons!). Topics include teaching children how to describe emotions, discuss their anxieties and worries, and develop coping strategies. Lessons aimed at key stages 3 and 4 also cover eating disorders, self-harm and depression and anxiety. The materials have been fully updated for 2019, and new PowerPoint versions published exclusively for PSHE Association members.
Our handbook collates latest research into how the curriculum can address gambling and identifies relevant knowledge, skills and attributes students should develop during primary and secondary education.
This work is timely given secondary schools will be required to ‘teach about the risks related to online gambling including the accumulation of debt’ from September 2020, as part of statutory Health Education.
In this episode of PSHE Talks, Sam speaks to sleep experts Dr Michael Farquhar and Dr Charlie Tyack from Evelina London children’s hospital and Jenny Fox from our subject specialist team. Together, they discuss some of the strategies and tips from the recently released Sleep Factor lesson plans for Key stage 2, 3 & 4 that young people can employ to help them get a better night’s sleep. The team also discuss the references to sleep in the new statutory health education guidance, and Michael and Charlie offer their top three tips for a better night’s sleep… but you’ll have to listen to find out!
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Relationships Education and Health Education will be compulsory aspects of PSHE education in all primary schools from September 2020. We have just launched a set of handy explainer slides to help you and your school prepare for these changes.
This free-to-download presentation will help you to explain these developments to your senior leadership teams, boards of governors and other colleagues. It covers practical steps to take, guidance to have in place and resources you can use.
We also explore how PSHE education is likely to play a greater role under the new Ofsted inspection framework, particularly in evidencing ‘personal development’, as well as making a unique contribution to safeguarding.