PSHE Strategic Partners Group
The Association has organised a strategic partners group, bringing together a diverse group of organisations who all recognise the importance of PSHE education, in order to work together to improve the subject’s provision and status. Our strategic partners group includes representatives from the Department for Education, Personal Finance Education Group, National Health Education Group, NHS England, Public Health England, Sex Education Forum, Ofsted, National Association of Head Teachers, National Children’s Bureau, the Home Office, the Career Development Institute, Economics Business and Enterprise Association, Department of Health and NSCoPSE.
SRE guidance with Sex Education Forum and Brook
In February 2014, in partnership with Brook and the Sex Education Forum, the PSHE Association developed a comprehensive piece of guidance for teaching up-to-date Sex and Relationship Education. ‘Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) for the 21st Century’ covers issues including pornography and staying safe online and gained plaudits from the Department for Education, the Children's Commissioner, NSPCC, Public Health England, Girlguiding UK and three of the major teaching unions - NAHT, NUT and ATL. It is designed to supplement the Department for Education’s current guidance, which was last updated in 2000.
“We really enjoyed working with the PSHE Association on this project. The Association’s knowledge of what works in PSHE lessons and ability to communicate effectively with teachers perfectly complemented our expertise in sexual health. Together with the Sex Education Forum, we were able to produce guidance which both reflected evidence-based best practice in sex and relationships education and which was accessible for PSHE teachers across the country.” - Simon Blake, Brook CEO
Mentor ADEPIS Project on Drug and Alcohol Education
Last year the Association partnered up with Mentor to carry out a mapping exercise with teachers, as part of the ADEPIS project, about the state of drug and alcohol education in English schools. Conducting a survey of 288 teachers we found many examples of good practice within schools. However the survey also revealed that pupils generally receive between 1-2 hours of drug education or less per year and these lessons are often delivered by non-specialist teachers, proving the importance of improved drug and alcohol education through structured PSHE provision.