Personal and Social Education (PSE) in Wales - how the PSHE Association can support teachers and schools

Personal and Social Education (PSE) in Wales - how the PSHE Association can support teachers and schools

Guidance from the PSHE Association on how key topics within the Personal and Social Education (PSE) framework are covered through the PSHE Association Programme of Study and other guidance.

Teachers in Wales will be aware that the Personal and Social Education (PSE) framework covers the Welsh Government’s requirements for the subject for 7- 19-year-olds. Below we highlight the links between the framework's key objectives and high-quality resources either produced by the PSHE Association of which have achieved our Quality Mark.

An overview of the PSE framework and its links to the PSHE Association Programme of Study for PSHE education in England

PSE is a requirement under the basic curriculum in both primary and secondary schools. The framework states the key aims of PSE are to prepare learners to be;

“Personally and socially effective by providing learning experiences in which they can develop and apply skills, explore personal attitudes and values, and acquire appropriate knowledge and understanding.”

The framework outlines that the specific aims of PSE are to:

  • develop learners’ self-esteem and a sense of personal responsibility
  • promote self-respect, respect for others and celebrate diversity
  • equip learners to live safe, healthy lives
  • prepare learners for the choices and opportunities of lifelong learning
  • empower learners to participate in their schools and communities as active responsible citizens locally, nationally and globally
  • foster positive attitudes and behaviour towards the principles of sustainable development and global citizenship
  • prepare learners for the challenges, choices and responsibilities of work and adult life.

Additionally the PSE framework identifies five overlapping themes in the subject for key stages 2-4. These themes are Active Citizenship, Health and Emotional Wellbeing, Moral and Spiritual Development, Preparing for Lifelong Learning and Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship.

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 and help schools to fulfil the specific aims of the framework. 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 schemes of work for both primary and secondary schools which provide more in depth guidance. Please see:

PSHE Association resources and those that have achieved our Quality Mark

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

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. Additionally, the resources cover the following components of PSE:

  1. Anti-Bullying 
  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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