Health and Wellbeing in Wales - how the PSHE Association can support teachers and schools

Health and Wellbeing in Wales - how the PSHE Association can support teachers and schools

Guidance from the PSHE Association on how key topics within the new Health and Wellbeing area of the curriculum is covered through the PSHE Association Programme of Study.

Teachers in Wales will be aware that the school curriculum is undergoing a significant transformation. The new Curriculum for Wales was introduced in 2020 and is expected to be fully implemented in Welsh schools by 2022. This replaces the preceding curriculum for Wales which had been in place since 2008. The previous Personal and Social Education (PSE) framework will become Health and Wellbeing; one of the six areas of learning and experience in the new curriculum.

An overview of the Health and Wellbeing area of learning and experience and its links to the PSHE Association Programme of Study for PSHE education in England

In 2020, the Welsh government released new Health and Wellbeing guidelines. This update is part of the new Curriculum for Wales Framework, which will include both the curriculum requirements, which will be set out in legislation, and a range of supporting guidance for implementation in 2022.

The new framework is a requirement in primary and secondary schools and states the key aims of Health and Wellbeing are to “develop the capacity of learners to navigate life's opportunities and challenges... developing healthy, confident individuals, ready to lead fulfilling lives as valued members of society.”

‘What matters’ in the Health and wellbeing area has been expressed in five statements which support and complement one another:

  • Developing physical health and well-being has lifelong benefits.
  • How we process and respond to our experiences affects our mental health and emotional well-being.
  • Our decision-making impacts on the quality of our lives and the lives of others.
  • How we engage with social influences shapes who we are and affects our health and well-being.
  • Healthy relationships are fundamental to our well-being.

The PSHE Association Programme of Study links to the specific aims and themes above and breaks down the curriculum into a series of learning opportunities for key stages 1-4. It identifies the key concepts and skills that underpin PSHE education and help schools to fulfil the specific aims of the framework and the guidelines. It is designed to be used flexibly so schools can adapt the content to their priorities and local needs.

In addition we have medium term plans and Programme Builders for both primary, secondary & SEND schools which provide more in depth guidance. Please see:

ESTYN Inspection guidance:

The 2017 Supplementary Guidance for ESTYN inspections outline two areas that are particularly relevant to this curriculum area:

“Are there clear protocols for ensuring that any visiting speakers are suitable and appropriately supervised? Does the curriculum provide appropriate opportunities for pupils to learn about the dangers of radicalisation and extremism?”

Please see our resources on these key areas:

  1. Working with External Contributors to PSHE Education
  2. Addressing extremism and radicalisation

PSHE Association resources and those that have achieved our Quality Mark

Our website contains information about over 100 resources which will be suitable for teachers of Health and Wellbeing, covering both primary and secondary schools. These resources give guidance on best practice and advice on specific topics that link to the key themes and subject areas of Health and Wellbeing.

The resources listed on our website cover how to plan and implement the teaching of the subject for the whole school. To aid this we have lesson plans, guidance documents, planning and audit tools, assessment tools and strategies and schemes of work, and lesson plans on a range of topics, including.

  1. Anti-Bullying & Anti-Discrimination 
  2. Careers Education
  3. Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco Education
  4. Economic Wellbeing and Financial Capability
  5. Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health
  6. Healthy Lifestyles
  7. Safety Education
  8. Sex and Relationships Education

Becoming a member of the PSHE Association

By becoming a member of the PSHE Association, you can benefit from our support and join a growing community of teachers throughout the UK. The key benefits of membership are:

  • Full access to all PSHE Association teaching resources
  • Regular updates by email on best practice, resources and news
  • Access to member-only CPD training days and conferences
  • Advice by phone or email from our team of subject specialists


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