Best Practice

How to lead PSHE effectively in your school

Leading PSHE is a complex, challenging and rewarding role. However, it is too often thrust upon inexperienced staff without proper training or an effective delivery model. Jenny Barksfield looks at how a school should approach its PSHE provision

In my 10 years as a PSHE lead in school and through my current role at the PSHE Association I have met and worked with hundreds, if not thousands, of PSHE education leads, and they are a far more disparate group than their colleagues leading other curriculum subjects.

Every head of maths I’ve ever worked with had a degree in maths, had come into teaching wanting to teach maths, had trained as a maths teacher and had several years of experience in their chosen discipline before becoming head of department.

PSHE leads, on the other hand, too often take on responsibility for the subject with little or no specific training or even experience in teaching PSHE.

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