Episode 5 PSHE’s Role In Safe & Effective Substance Education

In the latest episode of PSHE Talks, Sam is joined by Harry Sumnall, Professor in Substance Use at the Public Health Institute, and PSHE Association Subject Specialist Bethan Miller, for a wide-ranging discussion on PSHE education’s role in education about drugs and alcohol, covering:

  • Current substance use trends and an analysis of how things have changed over the last twenty years.
  • The importance of a whole-school approach to substance education.
  • An overview of what the new PSHE Association drug and alcohol education lessons cover at each key stage, and how this links with statutory Health Education requirements.

Download our full suite of drug and alcohol education materials

Mentioned in this episode

NHS 'Live Well' webiste — Advice, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing.


PSHE Talks presents...

Storytime with Nick Boddington — Using story, case studies and 'timeline' in PSHE education

Storytime with Nick Boddington — Choosing literature as a route into learning in PSHE education

Our new, remotely recorded podcast series — Storytime with Nick Boddington — takes an insightful (and sometimes playful!) look at the role story can play in exploring challenging PSHE topics in a safe and effective way.

In episode 1 Nick Boddington — founding PSHE Association Subject Specialist and voice of authority on all things PSHE — reflects on the use of 'story' as a powerful route into learning in PSHE education. Nick offers some best-practice considerations for using story effectively in a classroom setting, and gives some examples of where seemingly 'simple' tales can provoke complex questions and a deeper understanding of important concepts. You'll never read Six-Dinner Sid in the same way again!

  • The Huge Bag of Worries, by Virginia Ironside and Frank Rogers
  • Six-Dinner Sid, by Inga Moore
  • Not now Bernard, by David McKee
  • Three Cheers for Errol, by Babette Cole
  • The Island, by Arim Greder
  • The Whales' Song, by Dyan Sheldon and Gary Blythe
  • The Magical Bicycle, by Berlie Doherty and Christian Birmingham
  • Amazing Grace, by Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch
  • The Egg Man (short Story), by Janni Howker

NEW In episode 2 Nick considers some ways of deconstructing a story, including using case studies and ‘timeline’, in order to help us use it to explore issues and strategies in PSHE. Join Nick for this fascinating journey into the medium of story, paved with vital psychological insights on ‘critical’ and ‘crunch’ moments — exploring how our young people can access their learning when they need it most — and social norms.

Episode 4 Reducing the odds of gambling harm through PSHE

In this episode of PSHE Talks, Sam is joined by Subject Specialists Anne Bell and Sally Martin, and Dr Elly Hanson — an independent clinical psychologist who’s been coordinating the Association’s work researching PSHE’s role in gambling harm prevention work. Together they discuss the wider context for this work and explore the current trends around gambling harms and young people.

Sally and Anne recall some of the points that were raised in the teacher focus groups they led on the topic and give an overview of the new lesson suite on exploring risk in relation to gambling for primary schools. All three of our guests give their unique insight into what they believe schools should be covering on this topic and consider different ways teachers can be effective in the classroom.

Make sure you check out the other resources we’ve produced as part of this collaboration with GambleAware:

Episode 3 Keeping the 'e' in PSHE

In this episode of PSHE Talks, Sam speaks to Bank of England Economist, Malindi Myers; and PSHE Association Subject specialist, Jenny Fox. Malindi and Jenny explore the meaning of 'economic wellbeing' for young people and how schools and teachers can support this area of learning through PSHE education. They also discuss free, jointly produced resources that teachers can use in the classroom.

Make sure you check out our Top tips for teaching about economic wellbeing in PSHE education document, which is free to download. Co-produced with the Bank of England, it helps PSHE leads to put economic wellbeing at the heart of the PSHE curriculum, with simple ideas to build teachers’ confidence, make learning relevant to students and ways to make the most of a variety of online tools.

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Episode 2 Waking up to the importance of sleep...

In this episode of PSHE Talks, Sam speaks  to sleep experts Dr Michael Farquhar and Dr Charlie Tyack from Evelina London children's hospital and Jenny Fox from our subject specialist team. Together, they discuss some of the strategies and tips from the recently released Sleep Factor lesson plans for Key stage 2, 3 & 4 that young people can employ to help them get a better night's sleep. The team also discuss the references to sleep in the new statutory health education guidance, and Michael and Charlie offer their top three tips for a better night's sleep.... but you'll have to listen to find out!

Further support referenced in this episode

If young people in your cohort are struggling with sleep, you might wish to refer them to a GP or check out some of the information from specialist organisations:

  • The NHS Choices web-page offers a wealth of information on sleep-related problems and some ideas of where to obtain further support
  • The raising children website is an Australian resource from The Royal children's hospital, Melbourne, and has some really good sleep information that helps to support patients and families

You can find out more about the sleep medicine department at Evelina London here

Episode 1 Selecting and working with visitors and speakers

In this episode we explore the topic of using external visitors/contributors in the classroom and consider some of the potential benefits and challenges that these visits can bring, alongside several strategies and examples for managing them effectively. We also discuss the new statutory guidelines for relationships (RSE) education and health education, and the opportunity this brings — to raise the status of the subject and ensure high quality training.


The podcast is based on our guidance document: Selecting and working with visitors and speakers — guidance for schools, which is available to download for members.


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