What Makes a Good PSHE Programme?

Updated: Aug 6, 2021

A good PSHE curriculum follows the new statutory guidance… an excellent PSHE curriculum follows the new statutory guidance, reflects your schools’ mission, aims and ethos and most importantly, is aligned with your student’s needs!

In this post, I will share my top tips, that will help you get a better understanding of the needs of your students.

1. Local and National Health Data – Public Health England

FINGERTIPS! This website can be found on Public Health England’s official website and is an excellent way to get a closer insight to the health and wellbeing of children and young people in your local area as well as allowing you to make comparisons against national averages. You just type in your postcode and through a rag rating system, you will be able to identify child wellbeing risks in your area. Some examples include, child homelessness, teenage parents, hospital admissions for mental health and children with tooth decay. Click here and check out my video to get started!

2. Student Surveys

Student surveys are another great tool for short and long-term PSHE planning. If you are creating your own survey, it’s best not to have the answer time exceed 5-7 minutes and break the surveys down to the different areas of PSHE (Relationships, Health, Living in the Wider World). These strategies will encourage more thoughtful responses from your students. It is also important to ensure the survey is completed anonymously, this is so that the students feel as comfortable as possible in expressing their true needs and opinions. If you are a member of The PSHE Association (which I highly recommend, if you aren’t already), there are a number of ready-made surveys that you can download and use with your students, Click Here!

3. Parent Voice

Parent voice is another effective way to understand the needs of students. After all, who knows our students better than their parent or guardians? Although I previously mention the importance of acquiring student input, we have to be mindful that sometimes our students aren’t always aware of their difficulties or are mature enough to understand that some of their behaviours and actions can have harmful effects, for example, too much time on video games! This is where parent voice comes in! If you don’t already have a ‘parent voice’ at your school, there are different ways that you can reach out to parents, this could be by email, through an online survey, or holding a coffee morning (coffee mornings are a great way to help parents connect and feel supported!).

4. Collaboration with other local schools

With the new statutory guidance, most schools are really taking the time to build, investigate and develop their PSHE curriculums, so why do it alone? If schools in your area are using local authority data, you are probably covering very similar topics in PSHE and it’s more than likely that your students share similarities or are following the same trends! Networking with teachers from other schools will give you the opportunity to share ideas, insights and resources!

I hope you found my top tips for uncovering your students’ needs useful! If you have any other ideas you would like to share, or if you found any of the information useful, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

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