Why is PSHE education important?
- it makes a major contribution to the health and achievement of children and young people
- it contributes to the welfare and safety of children and young people
- it underpins young people’s future employability through the development of the personal and social skills which commerce and industry demand from our workforce
- it helps to increase children and young people’s independence and ultimately enables them to take responsibility for themselves.
- it prepares them for their future role as parents, employees and leaders.
The following links provide more detail on the benefits of PSHE:
Information for parents and governors about PSHE education and its benefits
We have put together useful guides for parents/carers
(and anyone who wants to find out more about PSHE). One document gives
an overview of PSHE education and others cover what's taught in Sex and
Relationships Education; what's taught about alcohol and drugs and advice on bullying. These guides are also useful for teachers who need help explaining PSHE and its benefits to parents.
We have also written a briefing on PSHE education especially for school governors.
The relationship between PSHE education provision and school ethos is important. An effective school ethos requires:
- effective relationships between all members of the school community
- pupils to play an active part in decision making
- school policies to be compatible with what is taught in PSHE education (e.g. antibullying)
PSHE education supports schools’ statutory duties to:
- promote children and young people’s wellbeing [i]
- achieve the whole curriculum aims
- promote community cohesion
- provide careers education and sex education
Why is PSHE education important to children and young people?
PSHE education equips children and young people with knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive, fulfilled, capable [ii] and responsible lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in managing their finances effectively. PSHE education also enables children and young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes, and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.
[i] Wellbeing is defined in the Children Act 2004 as the promotion of physical and mental health; emotional wellbeing; social and economic well being; education, training and recreation; recognition of the contribution made by children to society; and protection from harm and neglect. The Education and Inspections Act 2006 places a requirement on schools to promote pupils’ wellbeing as well as their academic achievement.
[ii] Capability refers to a level of awareness of a particular life issue, the development of skills and knowledge associated with it and the willingness to act and to make positive decisions with regard to it. A key concept in economic wellbeing and financial capability, it also applies to personal wellbeing. Capability is essential to social and emotional skills, sex and relationships; drugs and alcohol; economic awareness and enterprise; careers and personal finance. The development of capability requires teaching about the interrelationship between topics so that learning in school echoes the reality of experience in life.