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New PSHE education Programme of Study (key Stages 1 – 4)

Summary: A revised programme of study from the PSHE Association

Description: The Government’s PSHE education review concluded in March 2013, stating that the subject would remain non-statutory and that no new programmes of study would be published. The DfE has however stated as part of its National Curriculum guidance that ‘All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice’. This position is reinforced in the new national curriculum framework.

In the absence of a new programme of study from the DfE, the PSHE Association, in consultation with a wide variety of agencies and PSHE practitioners, has produced this revised programme of study based on the needs of today’s pupils and schools. Our programme of study identifies the key concepts and skills that underpin PSHE education and help schools to fulfill their statutory responsibility to support pupils’ spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.  

We are committed to raising the standards of the subject nationally so offer this guidance free, though in order to bring this programme of study to life and tailor it to the specific needs of your school, pupils and community we strongly recommend the additional support and CPD available through membership of the PSHE Association. 

This programme of study covers key stages 1 to 4 and is based on three core themes:  1. Health and Wellbeing; 2. Relationships; 3. Living in the Wider World, within which there will be broad overlap and flexibility.

You may also be interested in our guidance for schools on producing a sex and relationships education (SRE) policy, and our SRE guidance 'Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) for the 21st century', which is designed to supplement and update existing DfE 2000 Sex and Relationships Education guidance.

  • Subject:
    PSHE Guidance & Information
  • Levels:
    Primary: Key stage 1 & 2 , Secondary: Key Stage 3 & 4 , Primary Special , Secondary Special
  • Type:
    PSHE Association resources
  • Suggested use:
    Guidance documents, Planning and audit tools
Current rating: 5

3 reviews

Glyn Wright 02 Sep 2013 01:37 Report comment

This is a useful starting point.

Hilary 19 Oct 2013 09:53 Report comment

This is hugely useful - helps to remind why PSHEe is vital to enable and empower our children and young people to be the best they can be.

Giffards 06 Feb 2014 07:07 Report comment

I have found this really useful. Please can I ask if any one out there has used this as their scheme of work and if so how have they made sure that there is progression through all the ages and how are the three themes spilt into the terms. Thanks

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