The benefits of our Quality Mark for your resource
Our Quality Mark is awarded to resources that meet our ten principles of effective PSHE education. Resources are rigorously assessed by one of our subject leads and if successful recommended to our community of PSHE education professionals. Our remit is to support teachers in delivering the highest quality PSHE education to their pupils, which is why we only recommend resources that have gained the Quality Mark.
Demonstrate the value of your resource
Your resources will be recognised within the PSHE community as meeting standards of effective practice
Publicise to our mailing list
We will publicise your resource to our mailing list of 37,000 teachers and practitioners
Share your resource with our social media networks
Your resource will be promoted to our 18,500 social media contacts, and beyond
List your resource on our site
We receive over 500,000 visits to our site every year from practitioners looking for support with teaching PSHE education
Quality over quantity
Your resource will be one of a select number of high-quality resources to display our Quality Mark
Get support to develop your resource
We offer advice on creating high-quality resources and making improvements
What are the benefits to publishers?
As a publisher, achieving the PSHE Association Quality Mark will inspire teachers' confidence when considering your resource. We quality assure and promote these resources to over 37,000 email contacts, over 18,000 social media contacts and over 500,000 annual website page views, giving us an unmatched reach into the PSHE education community. Unlike many other sources of teaching resources we promote quality over quantity, meaning only a selection of the best resources are entitled to display the Mark.
The PSHE Association Quality Mark logo demonstrates to PSHE teachers and leads that your resource supports effective teaching practice. The teachers we work with value the resources highlighted to them and use the Quality Mark as a guide on what resources to use. For example a PSHE teacher in secondary school says the PSHE Association Quality Mark is “very helpful and a true reflection of the quality of the resources it is awarded to.”
We recommend where possible that we provide advice in the early stages of resource production, so that any necessary changes can be incorporated and the resource is guaranteed receipt of the Mark on completion.
The price we charge depends largely on the size of the resource/s that are submitted and the amount of time that they take to assess. The initial assessment of the resources is used to inform the quote that we offer for the resource submitted. This initial assessment is free, however the full assessment will cost at least £1,500 per application and larger resources are likely to be quoted a higher price.
The market for PSHE teaching materials has grown over the last two years, and continues to grow rapidly in the run-up to statutory status in September 2020. This includes an increase in the number of ‘complete/whole programmes’ of PSHE education on offer or soon to be so.
While previously the PSHE Association has quality assured some of these whole programmes, we will no longer do this as of March 2020 onwards.
Our quality assurance process is thorough and lengthy. While we are proud of our rigour, not all providers of whole programmes can afford to undertake it. We believe it would unfairly skew the market for only some providers to be able to afford to gain our quality mark, and as a result, we are no longer accepting whole programmes into the quality assurance process.
We continue to recognise the value that whole programmes can offer as a foundation for designing a PSHE curriculum, though teachers should always tailor their curriculum to give the best results for pupils — and that is what we help our members to do.
The PSHE Association’s Quality Mark process considers all resources against our assessment criteria during the full assessment stage. These assessment criteria are based on our ten principles of best practice in PSHE education and other research into effective teaching and learning in the subject. The full assessment criteria are shared with the applicant prior to the full assessment stage. The assessment criteria highlight effective best practice using an in-depth exploration of the following elements:
- Provide a safe and supportive learning environment for all learners
- Establish the ‘starting point’ of all learners
- Build on previous learning and provide opportunities for learners to demonstrate their progress in knowledge, skills and understanding
- Present information in a positive and learner-friendly way
- Use ‘active’ teaching and learning techniques to engage pupils and to develop their understanding, knowledge and skills
- Provide information that is up-to-date, realistic and relevant to pupils’ lives
- Provide opportunities for pupils to use and apply knowledge, understanding and skills
- Ensure a whole school approach to the teaching of PSHE*
- Promote positive working relationships within and outside the school community*
- Take into account pupils’ views and perceptions across the programme or unit of work*
* Full standards only- used to assess resources which offer comprehensive support for a whole school PSHE programme.
How to Apply
Download, complete and return our initial enquiry form and we'll let you know if your resource is suitable for full assessment.
If your resource is eligible, we will quote you a price for a full assessment by one of our Subject Specialists.
We do a full assessment and assess your application against our ten principles of effective PSHE education.
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