With most of the personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education curriculum now statutory in all schools, and with recent wellbeing challenges following school closures, schools are placing more emphasis on this important subject. Alongside our popular training events, we provide a range of support for those new to teaching and for initial teacher education providers — so that teachers begin their careers with the training and confidence they need to deliver PSHE education effectively and safely.
Most teachers will teach PSHE education at some point in their careers and many will do so immediately on qualification. It is therefore important that all teachers are given a basic grounding in PSHE education to ensure they are sufficiently prepared with the full spectrum of skills required for teaching PSHE, alongside the confidence to engage in delivery of this vital but complex subject.
We therefore have a package of resources to support those new to teaching, and those responsible for their training.
FutureLearn course — PSHE Education: Helping children navigate a complex world
This training — available three times a year but open for registration at any time — will provide the ideal foundation for teaching new statutory RSE, Relationships Education and Health Education content safely and effectively. By the end of the course, you will have:
- explained how PSHE education has developed globally and over time
- explored the impact of PSHE education, for all children and young people and for your pupils
- understood core evidence-based principles of safe and effective PSHE education
- designed your own PSHE lesson and received feedback
- collaborated with other PSHE professionals around the world
This is free to complete and is estimated to take two hours of study each week for three weeks.
Certificate of Professional Development for Trainee and Newly Qualified Teachers
The PSHE Association’s Certificate of Professional Development for Trainee and Newly Qualified Teachers helps equip colleagues new to teaching with the basic understanding and skills they need to teach the subject safely and effectively, alongside the confidence to engage in teaching this vital but complex subject.
This framework helps trainee teachers and NQT’s to reflect on and document their PSHE education experiences, under supervision from a suitable tutor/mentor who will sign off their Evidence Framework documents. Applicants can then apply to the PSHE Association for a certificate of completion. ITE providers are encouraged to provide this opportunity to entire cohorts of trainee teachers.
The PSHE Association is pleased to offer reduced price concessionary membership costing £20 for a year (normally £50) to NQTs and student teachers in their first year of membership.
Become a member to:
Access member-only resources
Our growing catalogue of lesson plans, guidance and planning tools will help you deliver effective PSHE education (including RSE and Health Education).
Access to member-only CPD & events
Our online and face-to-face training will support you to provide PSHE that meets your pupils’ needs and statutory/Ofsted requirements.
Access Subject Specialist support
Our team of Subject Specialists will help you to plan, optimise and deliver high quality PSHE education. Support available by phone, email and online.
Join your national community
Join our rapidly growing national network of like-minded PSHE professionals! Strength in numbers allows us to work together towards improved status, quality and resourcing.
Working with ITE providers
We also offer Q&A sessions, workshops and lectures for groups of trainee teachers or their tutors/mentors. ITE providers can Contact us to discuss their needs.
Colleagues may wish to read ‘Understanding Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education in Primary Schools’ and 'Understanding Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education in Secondary Schools'. These books were written with trainee teachers and their tutors/mentors in mind but are equally valuable for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of PSHE education pedagogy and practice.
Past work with the ITE sector
The PSHE Association conducted research into practice within the initial teacher education sector in the West Midlands in early 2018. Key findings are available in a report which contains case studies outlining different approaches to the inclusion of PSHE education within ITE provision. To download the full report and related materials, visit pshe-association.org.uk/ite.
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