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PSHE Newsletter Autumn -2019

PSHE Newsletter Autumn -2019


On 25th June the DfE published the final guidance for statutory Relationships/ RSE and Health Education. The link below contains the final guidance, a breakdown of:

  • relationships education (primary)
  • relationships and sex education (secondary)
  • physical health and mental wellbeing.

Schools that adopt the new curriculum early will still need to meet the current sex and relationship education statutory guidance. View the faqs for compulsory relationships education and RSE.

The DfE is encouraging schools to prepare for the statutory changes to Relationships/ RSE and Health Education during the academic year 2019-20. Schools are required to consult with parents on their RSE / Sex Education policy and work together with parents and pupils to shape an age appropriate curriculum. PSHE is a distinct curriculum subject, and with a large part of this becoming statutory, it should be planned , taught and evaluated in line with all other national curriculum subjects. The DfE is encouraging schools to prepare for the statutory changes to Relationships/ RSE and Health Education from September 2019 . This supports the new Ofsted framework (Sept 2019) which emphasises a broad and balanced curriculum, and pupils' personal development .

Are you PSHE compliant ?

I have recently sent out a briefing for Headteacher with regards to PSHE compliancy . Schools should publish details of PSHE provision on their website and reference any scheme being used if applicable. All schools teaching sex education (either as a stand alone session or as part of the PSHE curriculum) must publish their up to date RSE policy and make this available to parents. Schools are required to consult with parents on their RSE policy and it is good practice to work together with parents and pupils to shape an age appropriate RSE/PSHE curriculum. If you have any parental concerns please do contact me for support and guidance.

With regards to both PSHE and Sex Education , it is important to note that until September 2020 schools are bound by the DfE 2000 SRE guidance


Local news

The 'Preparing for Statutory Health Education' half day funded CPD sessions held in June were well attended and evaluations were positive . Apologies to those colleagues on the waiting list who didn't get a chance to come along. A total of 65 primary and 22 secondary PSHE leads attended.

Autumn term 2019

30th September at The Gateway, Aylesbury Funded half day session for PSHE leads to look at the PSHE curriculum in preparation for statutory status. Come and contribute to this session and develop and strengthen your planning, lesson resources and policies. Statutory and non-statutory PSHE will be covered in this session and will include Sex Education for both Primary and Secondary schools. It is suitable for those using the PSHE Association programme of study, purchased schemes or your own curriculum.

The session is suitable for special school PSHE leads, and you will have the chance work with other special school leads and with mainstream colleagues.

Register for primary or secondary online. 

Spring term 2020

I am planning to invite The PSHE Association to run a half day CPD session for Primary and Secondary PSHE leads focusing on 'Engaging with Parents'.

This session will cover:

  • relationships and sex education
  • health education
  • PSHE curriculum offer

I will send further details once the date is arranged.

Summer term 2020

The final half day CPD session of the year will be dedicated to evaluating PSHE provision and providing evidence for school leaders/ governors and Ofsted. Further details will follow.

New for 2019-20 -Confidence to deliver Sex Education for Primary teachers

Starting this autumn, the school nursing service will be offering a free half day session for primary teachers who teach sex education. This session will be repeated across the county in the spring and summer terms and in to the following academic year. If you are able to offer a venue for any of the sessions please let me know. Each session is limited to 30 attendees and both accessibility and parking will need to be considered.

More details will be sent via the school bulletin, mailshots and PSHE forum meetings. The first session will be held in Aylesbury on 7 November at Green Ridge Academy.

PSHE web page updated summer 2019

I have updated the guidance and resources pages on the PSHE Schools web page.

Guidance pages and curriculum pages have been updated and there are sign posts to free quality assured PSHE resources by Key Stage to support PSHE delivery across all year groups. 


Local funded training and offers to schools

Save the date! The annual Emotional Wellbeing Conference is being held on 13 November at The Gateway, Aylesbury.

The theme for the conference this year is 'Progressing and strengthening the whole school approach to promoting mental health in schools'. I will be co-running a workshop on evaluating mental health and wellbeing provision and working with the new Ofsted framework.

Free RSE training

The new training offer for 2019-20 from The Terrance Higgins Trust is now out. Training is free to schools and will support schools to deliver high quality RSE . The 'Knowledge and Skills to deliver RSE in secondary' 'Pornography and Sexing Awareness' and the 'WISH' training are key.

It is vital schools take up these free training opportunities . Some courses can be delivered in schools . View the full offer and sign up. To register click on the title of the course and it will take you to the sign up page.

Please email if you have any questions about the sessions.

Secondary drug and alcohol prevention programme launched September 2018

The new drug and alcohol programme for Buckinghamshire targeting years 8 or 9 and will focus on giving young people the skills they need to make good decisions, through supporting them to build their resilience and improve decision-making. In the following academic year schools will be trained to deliver the Risk-Avert programme.

If you haven’t already done so, please register your interest or find out more about the programme or contact Mark Bowles at The Training Effect directly with any questions


PSHE forum meetings Autumn 2

Measuring progress towards implementing statutory and non statutory PSHE The CPD workshop is being held on 30th September so there will be no PSHE forum meeting this first half term. The PSHE forum meetings next half term will be focused on measuring progress towards implementing statutory and non statutory PSHE. With the DfE expecting schools to be implementing the new guidance form Sept 2019 it is vital schools are clear about where they are and the stepping stones needed to ensure compliance by Sept 2020. I am looking for venues for our forum meetings . If your school can host please get in touch.


Aylesbury: Thursday 21 November, Green Ridge Primary Academy
High Wycombe: Wednesday 20 November, Carrington Junior
Chiltern South Bucks: Tuesday 19 November, Little Kingshill C of E


North Bucks: Wednesday 27th November, Venue tbc
South Bucks: Thursday 28th November, Venue tbc

The above meetings are repeated across the county and run from 4pm to 5:30pm.


Autumn Special Offer -Health and Wellbeing

Days with Adventure Learning Charity

3Rs - Resilience, 'Readiness to Learn', and Relationship building

Our amazing environments and expert enthusiastic staff can give your pupils a positive and memorable start to the school year. These special day visits are linked to PSHE and the five ways to wellbeing with a 12.5% price reduction for September, October, and November.

Green Park is suitable for upper KS2 and Lower KS3 offering adventurous activities and Shortenills would be brilliant for your year 3 and 4 pupils providing an immersive experience in nature with woodland activities.

To book or find out more, contact us on 003 0303 0101

5 ways to wellbeing -Learning Outside the Classroom PDF, 3 pages, 321KB


Events and national campaigns

21st September -  International Day of Peace – Climate Action for Peace 

October -  Black History Month  

10 October - World Mental Health Day 

11 to 15 November - Anti Bullying Week 

18 to 24 November Road Safety week 

27 Nov to 5 Dec - National Tree Week 

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