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Our PSHE education guidance for parents

Summary: Explaining the benefits and content of PSHE

Description: We are very keen that parents understand the importance of PSHE education at school - and what their children learn, so have put together these useful information sheets:

  • Understanding PSHE - guidance for parents
  • SRE in primary - guidance for parents
  • Drugs and your child - guidance for parents
  • PSHE and bullying - Helping our children feel safe to learn
These guides will be ideal for teachers to have to hand when meeting with parents or to refer to if they have any PSHE education related questions.

The sheets on SRE and drugs education are suitable for parents of primary school children. A lot of misinformation exists about what children learn about sex and relationships at primary age, so the SRE guide is designed to allay parent fears and explain how well delivered SRE prepares children in an appropriate way for the inevitable issues and questions that arise throughout their childhood and teenage years.

The general guide to PSHE education gives a handy overview of PSHE education at both primary and secondary level.

Feeling physically and emotionally safe in school is essential if children are to learn and achieve. Our latest sheet relates to bullying, and what parents should expect schools to do to help prevent and tackle it.

We would really appreciate your feedback and that of parents you speak to on the usefulness of this guidance.

This guidance has been endorsed by: an online service designed to support and encourage parents and carers of children aged 5-19, with a collection of videos addressing day-to-day questions and concerns spanning wellbeing, behaviour and learning. Relevant videos include: Boyfriends, girlfriends already / Mixing with older kids / Young love / Understanding early teens / Is my teen in an abusive relationship?/ Changing families / Anxiety/Struggling to cope / Stress and depression.

Mumsnet: the online resource and network for parents. Mumsnet works with the PSHE Association to engage parents in issues covered by their children's personal, social health and economic education. Visit the Mumsnet Campaigns page for more information.

Sue Atkins: Sue is is a parenting expert, broadcaster, speaker and author of the Amazon best selling book  "Raising Happy Children for Dummies" one in the famous black and yellow series and the highly acclaimed Parenting Made Easy CDs. She has just launched her 1st Parenting Made Easy app for iPhones and iPads and a new book, "“Parenting Made Easy – How to Raise Happy, Children".

  • Subject:
    Parents and Governors
  • Levels:
    Primary: Key stage 1 & 2 , Secondary: Key Stage 3 & 4
  • Type:
    PSHE Association resources
  • Suggested use:
    Guidance documents

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