Best Practice

Leading an effective programme of PSHE

High-quality PSHE is essential to the wellbeing of our students. In the first of two articles, Matt Bromley advises on how to create and lead an effective programme of PSHE in 2019

A few years into my teaching career, I was appointed head of PSHE in a large comprehensive school. I knew even before I was interviewed that I’d get the job. It wasn’t arrogance, I was the only candidate. In the staffroom, we didn’t call it PSHE, we called it The Poisoned Chalice.

Very few teachers enjoyed teaching PSHE. It was a black hole in the middle of our timetables, an hour “wasted”. PSHE fell immediately after morning break and, after the bell tolled, it took far longer for the staffroom to empty than on any other day of the working week.

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