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PSHE Education: Helping Children Navigate a Complex World

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

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PSHE Education: Helping Children Navigate a Complex World

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.


  • Week 1

    What is PSHE education?

    • Getting started

      A brief introduction to the course and an opportunity to reflect on personal experiences of receiving health, relationships or financial education.

    • Setting the scene

      This activity explores PSHE education around the world, the importance of teaching PSHE, and the key issues young people face.

    • PSHE education in England

      This activity provides an overview of the history of PSHE in England, a summary of challenges PSHE education has faced, and an exploration of statutory status.

    • The evidence base

      This activity examines key research highlighting the benefits of PSHE education for schools and for pupils, including for health outcomes, wellbeing and academic attainment.

    • Summary

      A quiz to check key learning from week 1

  • Week 2

    How can we teach PSHE education safely?

    • Creating a safe environment

      Essential to teaching PSHE education safely is establishing a safe classroom environment. The first steps in this week will explore how to create this environment in PSHE lessons.

    • Exploring safe practice principles

      This activity explores the core elements of safe practice in PSHE, in relation planning, delivering and choosing resources for PSHE lessons.

    • Knowing your pupils

      This activity explores safe practice in the context of your school, and how knowing your pupils can help to make the classroom safe for all pupils, including those who may have increased vulnerability to some PSHE topics.

    • Week 2 summary

      A quiz to summarise learning from Week 2.

  • Week 3

    How can we teach PSHE education effectively?

    • Effective PSHE teaching

      This activity explores the principles of effective teaching in PSHE education.

    • Planning a great PSHE lesson

      This activity explains how to plan a safe and effective PSHE lesson and gives learners the opportunity to plan a lesson of their own.

    • Conclusion

      This activity concludes the course.

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. 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.

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