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Case studies

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.

Further support

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.
Become a member

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.


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