Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE)

Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE)

Information, guidance, and resources about Personal, Social, Health Education in schools.

PSHE overview

PSHE helps pupils develop the knowledge, skills and qualities they’ll need to deal with the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they’ll face as they grow up.

PSHE includes the teaching of Relationships and Sex Education and broadly covers:

  • health and wellbeing
  • relationships
  • living in the wider world

According to the PSHE Association, by teaching pupils to stay safe and healthy, and by building self-esteem, resilience and empathy, a PSHE programme can help pupils develop the skills and qualities they need to:

  • do better in school
  • attend school more regularly
  • have better chances of getting a job

This is especially the case among disadvantaged pupils.

Research from the PSHE Association shows that PSHE can address:

  • teenage pregnancy
  • substance misuse
  • unhealthy eating
  • lack of physical activity

PSHE can also help with emotional health.

For more evidence on the benefits of PSHE, visit the PSHE Association website.

PSHE in schools

At the moment, PSHE isn’t a statutory subject.

Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education will be mandatory from September 2020. However, schools are encouraged to adopt the new curriculum early from September 2019. 

Statutory Guidance is available from the Department of Education.

The PSHE Association gives national guidance to curriculum content on their website.

PSHE in Bristol schools

In Bristol, we have a strong history of developing PSHE and RSE provision.

This includes:

  • Public Health in Bristol City Council training over 150 teachers in our PSHE CPD course
  • Bristol City Council part-funding the first full PSHE programme for primary and secondary schools called Jigsaw

In 2014, the Education Select Committee visited Bristol as part of their inquiry into PSHE.

They visited a Bristol school and interviewed Public Health practitioners, charities, teachers and pupils about whether PSHE should be a statutory subject.

The final government report recommended that PSHE be made statutory.

Using outside visitors

We provide guidance and planning sheets for using outside visitors in your PSHE lessons:

Outside visitors: best practice guidance (pdf, 461KB) (opens new window)

PSHE teaching resources

Curriculum guidance

The PSHE Association set out guidance around curriculum content for schools.

Lesson plans

Healthy Schools recommend Jigsaw as the PSHE resource for Bristol primary and secondary schools.

Sex and Stuff

The Children’s Public Health team put these resources together. The pack includes a wide range of lesson plans and activity ideas for RSE provision.

Drugs and Stuff                                              

The Children’s Public Health team put these resources together. The pack includes a wide range of lesson plans and activity ideas for substance misuse education.

STRIDE Lessons

The Children’s Public Health team put these resources together. The pack includes a wide range of lesson plans and activity ideas for STRIDE lessons for years 7 to 11.

Gender equality and healthy relationships

Women’s Aid Expect Respect Toolkit

The Expect Respect Educational Toolkit includes one easy to use core lesson for each year group from reception to year 13. It helps deal with domestic abuse.

Relationships and Sex Education

The Sex Education Forum has useful advice, resources and lesson plans around consent, gender identity, HIV, pornography and more.

The NSPCC has a set of lesson plans and films called It's Not OK. They focus on recognising concerning behaviour and healthy and unhealthy relationships.

For any other topic areas, use the PSHE Association’s resource search tool.

Mental Health lesson packs

A set of lesson plans developed by BANES Public Health aimed at primary and secondary schools.

RISE Above

Public Health England have produced a set of lesson plans for secondary schools covering the following topic areas:

  • bullying and cyberbulling
  • smoking
  • online stress and FOMO (fear of missing out)
  • alcohol
  • exam stress
  • body image in a digital world
  • forming positive relationships

Training and support for staff

Healthy Schools can provide information about training around PSHE.

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