This is taken from the PHSE Association. This is the third edition of the PSHE Association’s programme of study for personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education. It was written to sit alongside the 2014 National Curriculum and has been updated to reflect the rapidly changing world in which our pupils live and learn.

Section 2.5 of the national curriculum framework states that all schools should make provision for PSHE education, drawing on good practice. In order to help schools to meet this objective, our programme of study identifies the key concepts, skills and attributes that are developed through PSHE education.

These help schools to fulfil their statutory responsibility to support pupils’ spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life, as set out in Section 78 of the Education Act 2002, and their statutory safeguarding responsibilities, in line with the statutory guidance that schools ‘should ensure children are taught about safeguarding, including online, through teaching and learning opportunities, as part of providing a broad and balanced curriculum’.

The programme of study covers Key Stages 1 to 5 and is based on three core themes within which there is broad overlap and flexibility: Core theme 1. Health and Wellbeing Core theme 2. Relationships Core theme 3.

Living in the Wider World As the world changes, each new edition of this programme of study identifies new or emerging issues. It is important that schools do not simply attempt to cover all the suggested content contained in this document, as doing so could lead to a series of superficial experiences that would most likely be restricted to providing information. Instead, we encourage schools to select content that is relevant to their pupils and use this as a context through which to explore the overarching concepts and to develop the essential skills and attributes set out below. We continue to be committed to raising the standards of PSHE education nationally, so offer this guidance free to all schools. However, in order to bring this programme of study to life and tailor it to the specific needs of your school, pupils and community, we recommend that schools take up the additional support and professional development opportunities available through membership of the PSHE Association.

Please visit the curriculum page for more details of coverage.


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Please see the curriculum page for details of our rolling programs for each subject.