Our Certificate of Professional Development for Newly Qualified Teachers


The Framework for professional development in PSHE education for newly qualified teachers, supports trainee teachers 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.

Following a successful pilot programme in five universities and two SCITT programmes the PSHE Association is re-launching an updated framework (this award was previously called Chartered Teacher (NQT)) for trainee teachers to use in partnership with a university tutor or school-based mentor. The framework explains the key understanding and competences trainee teachers should acquire and demonstrate, prior to teaching PSHE education.

The framework is supported by the National Association of Head Teachers and is intended to be highly flexible. It is up to individual mentors and tutors to decide how to use it in a way that best suits their programme and their trainees. The framework provides a mechanism for tutors and mentors to assess whether their trainees have evidenced the key understanding and competences required for PSHE teaching. All successful participants will receive the Certificate of professional development in PSHE education for newly qualified teachers which is awarded by the PSHE Association via their ITE provider.

The professional development in PSHE education for newly qualified teachers process is free. It is suitable for developing the skills and knowledge of all soon-to-be NQTs regardless of phase and discipline. To find out more or to register your interest in the programme please email us.

To download the framework, please scroll down to the “attachment” section on the bottom of this page.

We also offer school-based training, including workshops and lectures for small groups or large cohorts of trainee teachers, or tutors/mentors. Please contact us to discuss your needs.


PSHE Association membership and support for trainee and Newly Qualified Teachers

The PSHE Association is pleased to offer a reduced price concessionary membership costing £20 for a year (normally £50) to 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.

In addition PSHE Association members may wish to buy ‘Understanding Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education in Primary Schools’ and   'Understanding Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education in Secondary Schools'.  These books were written with trainee teachers and their mentors in mind but are equally valuable for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of PSHE education pedagogy and practice.

Are you a teacher trainer? See our dedicated ITE page.