The government’s commitment to statutory Health Education, Relationships Education (primary) and Relationships and Sex Education (secondary) from 2020 will encourage schools to place more emphasis on PSHE education and increases the need for trained, effective teachers in place to deliver it well. Initial teacher education (ITE) can provide a vital foundation for delivering PSHE education safely and effectively, yet the nature and importance of such learning is not always fully understood.
We published ‘Teacher Trainers and PSHE Education: A Snapshot’ in February 2019, a report on our research into PSHE provision in ITE. The report focusses on provision in the West Midlands, but its findings, recommendations and good practice examples will be of interest to ITE providers of all types across the country.
We also launched a ‘PSHE education in ITE: a framework to support teacher educators and trainee teachers’ in February. This framework outlines learning opportunities for ITE providers to consider including in their curriculum. This can be used as a standalone resource or in tandem with students’ completion of our existing Certificate of professional development in PSHE education for newly qualified teachers..
We feature the University of Worcester in our report as an example of primary phase ITE provision that fully embeds discrete and integrated PSHE education across their curriculum.
They have shared a possible approach to inclusion of PSHE in an undergraduate and postgraduate Primary phase ITE programme [available here]. The programme, which is based on the exemplar model shared, has received very positive feedback from their trainee teachers.
See the below video from Victoria Pugh at the University of Worcester — where ITE PSHE students talk about their experiences on the course.
Our report also features a case study from the University of Birmingham — whose trainee teachers commented favourably on the input within their secondary PGDipEd programmes:
Completing training in PSHE during my PGDipEd allowed me to develop as a facilitator of PSHE. It helped me understand how meaningful, effective PSHE can contribute greatly to the holistic development of pupils and provide them with the skills needed to develop as confident, healthy and happy individuals far beyond school. I am much more confident and dedicated to the facilitation of PSHE than many of my colleagues who have not been trained in the subject.
NQT: Teacher of PSHE education, year 11
Take a look in our report to find out more about ways these universities embed PSHE education in their ITE programmes.
PSHE Association support and membership for NQT's
The PSHE Association is pleased to offer a reduced price concessionary membership costing £20 for a year (normally £50) to Newly Qualified Teachers (NQTs), student teachers and Teaching Assistants in their first year of membership.
The key benefits of membership are:
- Access to popular member-only resources to help you plan your PSHE education programme and effectively address key issues in lessons.
- The latest PSHE news on curriculum, resources and training by email, social media and our website.
- Advice and support from a PSHE Subject Specialist when you need it, by phone or email.
- Access to high quality CPD courses and conferences to help you plan, coordinate and assess PSHE in your school.
- Being part of a growing community of professionals working to improve the quality and profile of PSHE education nationally.
Certificate of professional development in PSHE education for newly qualified teachers
Working towards the certificate will support Newly qualified teachers (NQT's) to develop the basic understanding and skills they require to effectively teach PSHE education on qualification. NQTs are often required to deliver PSHE upon taking up their first teaching post.
Successfully completing the professional development framework and achieving the Certificate of professional development in PSHE education for newly qualified teachers, leaves trainee teachers feeling better prepared and confident to teach PSHE education, as well as enhancing their employment prospects.