• 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.

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PSHE Education: Helping Children Navigate a Complex World
  • Duration3 weeks
  • Weekly study2 hours
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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

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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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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