• PSHE Association

PSHE Education: Helping Children Navigate a Complex World

Discover the fundamentals of effective PSHE education pedagogy and planning, including health, sex, and relationships education.

8,680 enrolled on this course

Child holding map — PSHE Education helping children navigate a complex world
  • Duration

    3 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours

Explore how to provide safe and effective PSHE education

Personal, social, health, and economic (PSHE) education is the school subject that prepares children and young people for life. It covers health and wellbeing, relationships and sex, careers and financial capability.

Most elements of PSHE education are now compulsory in England. When taught well, PSHE can have a big impact on individuals and society, but there are some basic principles to learn before you step into the classroom.

On this course, you’ll learn principles of safe PSHE teaching practice and how to plan and teach your own PSHE lessons with confidence.

You’ll learn how PSHE has developed globally and examine research that is applicable to teachers internationally.

What topics will you cover?

  • Historic and international picture of PSHE education – how the subject has developed or is approached differently in different countries
  • Safe practice principles in PSHE education – how to teach PSHE education safely for all pupils
  • Effective lesson planning for PSHE education, including assessment

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain how PSHE education has developed globally and over time
  • Explore the impact of PSHE education, for all young people and for your pupils
  • Explain core evidence-based principles of safe and effective PSHE education
  • Design your own PSHE lesson in line with safe and effective practice
  • Collaborate with other PSHE professionals around the world

Who is the course for?

This course is targeted at PSHE teachers in England, or teachers of any aspect of health or relationships and sex education around the world.

In particular, this course will support teachers who have not received any face-to-face training for PSHE education or would like to develop professionally in PSHE education.

Who will you learn with?

Senior Subject Specialist at the PSHE Association.

Subject Specialist - PSHE Association

Who developed the course?

PSHE Association

The national body for PSHE education. Quality resources, guidance, training and support for schools.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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