“Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education.

All schools should teach PSHE, drawing on good practice …”

*PSHE Education (updated September 2021)

The Challenges faced when teaching PSHE Education

PSHE education covers many complex or sensitive issues, and any area of the subject has potential to be sensitive for some pupils. That’s why it’s so important to create and maintain a safe learning environment for all lessons. This will help to enhance self-esteem and encourage more open discussion. It will also help to make sure that teachers are not anxious about unexpected language use or comments.

This whole staff training CPD provides a clear understanding of both the PSHE and RSHE curriculum requirements and gives strong subject knowledge and teaching tips to improve confidence for non specialists.

PSHE in the National Curriculum

The national curriculum states that ‘all schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice’. PSHE education contributes to schools’ statutory duties outlined in the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010 to provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum and is essential to Ofsted judgements in relation to personal development, behaviour, welfare and safeguarding. The relationships and health aspects of PSHE education will be compulsory in all schools from 2020.

Although we await the consultation from the DfE expert group on some details about statutory R(S)HE, the fundamentals of PSHE education won’t change.

Many teachers still ask:

  • What is the relationship between PSHE, R(S)HE, SMSC, and “British Values’?
  • What does good practice look like in the classroom?
  • Should we teach PSHE just like any other subject?
  • What should I say to parents if they are concerned?
  • How should I go about creating a safe and appropriate learning environment?
  • What can, and can’t I say in the classroom?
  • How should I respond to challenging questions?
  • What is good practice in assessment and reporting look like?
  • How can we make up for ‘lost learning’ time?
  • What will ISI or Ofsted expect?

PSHE Education INSET Outcomes

Booking this course will enable your staff to understand and explain to colleagues:

  • The rationale for PSHE
  • some practical examples of good pedagogy and practice.
  • Responding to challenging questions.
  • Improving assessment and reporting
  • Linking PSHE education to attainment and school improvement.
  • Ensuring readiness for Ofsted/ISI

Clear Approaches and Strategies to PSHE Education

This whole school INSET course is practical and interactive. Teachers will leave with a clear set of strategies and interventions to consolidate their PSHE education classroom practice.

INSET Outline

Rationale for PSHE

  • Why do we teach PSHE education?
  • What do we have to teach and how do we know what to teach?
  • How does PSHE contribute to learning and achievement across the curriculum?
  • How should we engage with parents?

Practical applications in the classroom

  • How should we establish and maintain an appropriate learning environment for children to discuss potentially sensitive topics?
  • What are some of the interactive, participatory techniques we can use to develop high-quality learning in PSHE education?
  • What is good practice if the children ask challenging questions, or make disclosures?
  • How do we get the balance right between talking about myself and responding to personal questions?
  • How can I assess and report on children’s learning?

What does this mean for my teaching?

  • How can this improve my teaching across the curriculum?
  • How can we make up for ‘lost learning’ time?
  • How my children’s learning in PSHE help them in other curriculum areas?
  • How does teaching in PSHE prepare children for the challenges and opportunities of later life?

What about ISI and Ofsted?

  • What are OFSTED/ISI looking for?


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