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This page has been set up by the PSHE lead for Public Health and Schools to support PSHE subject leaders, teachers and other professionals to deliver high-quality PSHE education to our pupils in Buckinghamshire.

PSHE directory (April 2019)

Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) gives children and young people the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, safe, successful and purposeful lives. When taught well, PSHE education helps pupils to achieve their full academic potential and supports them to leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life. A new evidence review by Pro Bono Economics highlights ‘very strong evidence’ that high-quality PSHE learning ‘has a positive impact on academic attainment’. This latest evidence has prompted campaigners to reiterate their call for statutory status to raise quality in all schools, for all pupils.

A holistic and curriculum focused approach to PSHE in schools gives pupils the skills to manage their own on and offline lives, and successfully navigate new experiences and challenges. Research from the PHSE Association states ‘Pupils agree that PSHE education is a vital part of their preparation for life, with 92% of those who have been taught the subject believing all young people should receive high-quality PSHE lessons.’  

It is an exciting time for PSHE:

  • The Children's Social Work Bill (April 2017) has made relationships education (primary) and relationships and sex education (RSE) in secondary compulsory in all schools in England from September 2019. The Bill also recommended that PSHE becomes a statutory subject
  • The Green Paper addressing children and young people’s mental health (December 2017) highlighted the need for more to be done to address mental health in schools and it is proposed that all schools will have a mental health lead by 2021.
  • Careers guidance has also been in the spotlight and schools will now use the Gatsby benchmarks and provide at least 7 opportunities for secondary students to meet with employment providers. Schools will also have a trained Careers Lead by 2021
  • There is a recognised need to educate children and young people to keep safe and successfully manage their online lives
  • On the 19 July, the DfE announced that both Relationships/RSE and Health Education will become statutory in all schools from September 2020. Whilst PSHE has not achieved statutory status across the board, Health and Wellbeing and Relationships/RSE are to become an educational entitlement in all schools. For further details please see the PSHE GUIDANCE tab on the left-hand side of this webpage. Have your say and respond to the consultation

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