What the PSHE specialist award is, what your school needs to do achieve it and why we have a PSHE specialist award.

About the PSHE award

The PSHE award outlines best practice in:

  • personal, social and health education (PSHE) 
  • relationships and sex education (RSE)

What you school needs to do to achieve the award

You must make changes in your school to improve PSHE and RSE. This could include:

  • making improvements to the curriculum 
  • investing in leadership and training
  • working with pupils to understand what they want and need

You must complete the award within 1 year.

Use our online system to:

  • see the award criteria and guidance 
  • tell us you're starting to work towards a specialist award
  • send us evidence of your work
  • track your progress
  • submit your finished work

Go to the online system

Download the pdf award criteria (904 KB) .

Guidance and resources

We have advice, training and resources, such as lesson plans and example policies, on our PSHE topic page.  

Why we have a personal, social, health education specialist award

We believe:

  • children and young people have a right to access high quality, regular and age appropriate PSHE and RSE
  • good PSHE and RSE can have an impact on many aspects of children's lives, giving them the knowledge and skills to live happy, healthy lives and make informed choices

The PSHE Association says “If schools make time for [PSHE] and deliver it in line with best practice principles, it has the potential to have a significant impact on health, academic achievement and future life chances.”

The government made RSE statutory from September 2020.

After you achieve the award

We'll send you:

  • a certificate
  • awards logos to use on your website or letterheads

After you achieve the PSHE specialist award you can work towards a PSHE advanced award