Evidence shows that well-delivered PSHE programmes have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. By teaching pupils to stay safe and healthy, and by building self-esteem, resilience and empathy, an effective PSHE programme can tackle barriers to learning, raise aspirations, and improve the life chances of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils.
Schools should seek to use PSHE education to build on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on: drug education, financial education, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.
The PSHE Association's toolkit is a great place to start when developing your PSHE curriculum:
PSHE education can make a significant contribution to whole-school judgements under the Ofsted Common Inspection Framework, particularly in the areas of safeguarding, personal development, behaviour and welfare, as well as leadership and management.
The 2015 Ofsted Common Inspections Framework places a greater emphasis on safeguarding, personal development, behaviour and welfare than the previous framework. It demonstrates a shift in focus within Ofsted, and brings the content covered within schools’ PSHE programmes to the fore. This means that it will be significantly easier for schools to adequately evidence that they are meeting a range of inspection criteria if they have a planned, developmental PSHE programme in place.