The Status of PSHE

The PSHE Association is the national body for Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education. The current status of PSHE education can be confusing, as it remains a non-statutory subject on the school curriculum. According to the PSHE Association:

section 2.5 of the national curriculum states that all state schools ‘should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice. In addition to the national curriculum framework, the Department for Education guidance states that the subject is ‘an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education’ and that ‘schools should seek to use PSHE education to build, where appropriate, 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 national curriculum also states that ‘all schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice'. PSHE education is contributes to schools' statutory duties outlined in the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010 to provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum and is essential to Ofsted judgements in relation to personal development, behaviour, welfare and safeguarding.

For further information visit https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/