TS3: PSHE Training

PSHE is not a statutory subject within the curriculum. However, PSHE does contribute to giving the children a broad and balanced curriculum. It is also essential to Ofsted’s judgements of  personal development, behaviour, welfare and safeguarding. More importantly relationships and health aspects of PSHE will be compulsory in all schools from 2020.

A good quality PSHE education should develop pupils knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy, safe and prepared for life and work in modern Britain. Well-delivered programmes impact the students both on an academic and non-academic level.

Although PSHE does provide children with so many life skills, many schools fail to acknowledge its importance, often leaving it to one lesson now and again. However, the topics covered provide the children with the knowledge and skills required for future life challenges. For example, information on sun and internet safety, drugs, relationships, tolerance, anti-bullying, peer pressure, grief, refugees and road safety.

S3: Demonstrate a critical understanding of developments in the subject and curriculum areas

S3: Have a secure knowledge of the relevant subject(s) and curriculum areas.

There are many different ways to teach the different subjects:

  • Circle time
  • question box – children can place their worries or concerns that they want to discuss anonymously with the whole class or individually.
  • puppet/ worry monster
  • visitors – NSPCC
  • interventions
  • telling stories through books and/or films as so the children can distance themselves from the story
  • Child led

It is important to establish ground rules, create a safe learning environment, to give balanced and non influential opinions on topics, to within the schools policy, keep answers factual and age appropriate, its ok to say that you are unsure and consult an colleague.     

S3: Have a secure knowledge of the relevant subject(s) and curriculum areas.

PSHE can also be woven into:

  • Instruction writing
  • Information texts
  • Explanations
  • Stories with familiar settings/ other cultures/ raise issues
  • Play scripts
  • Persuasive writing
  • Recounts

From this training, it was evident to me that PSHE is very much a underestimated subject. As PSHE lessons can give the children the skills, understanding and knowledge to cope with life events such as stress and peer relationships. Thus, it can provide the basis of all learning, for example if the children become stressed over a test, with the learning they have learnt in PSHE they may be better equipped to deal with stress in a more effective way.  

Focused next steps to impact on your progress or the progress of the children in your care:


  • To look at PSHE Association website for support on future lessons
  • Try to encourage more lessons to be taught within school
  • To keep update with changes in the curriculum