The national curriculum (GOV.UK) states that ‘all schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice.
PSHE education contributes to schools' statutory duties outlined in the Education Act 2002 (legislation.gov.uk) and the Academies Act 2010 (legislation.gov.uk) to provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum and is essential to Ofsted judgements in relation to personal development, behaviour, welfare and safeguarding.
Download the statutory case for PSHE (pdf) for more information.
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The 2015 Ofsted common inspections framework (GOV.UK) places a greater emphasis on safeguarding, personal development, behaviour and welfare than the previous framework. This Ofsted inspection framework (pdf) outlines how each judgement relates to PSHE education and the range of support available to schools to prepare their PSHE programme for inspection.
To help schools map their current PSHE, citizenship education and SMSC development against the new Ofsted judgements, the health improvement team have developed an Ofsted mapping tool (word). This tool helps schools identify areas of strength and areas for development in their current provision.
A shortened version of this mapping tool has also been developed to support schools.
Ealing PSHE scheme of work for primary schools
This scheme of work is fully planned and resourced for nursery to year six.
PSHE audit tool (pdf)
The health improvement team have developed a PSHE audit tool to support PSHE leads in evaluating their current PSHE practice.
PSHE observation template (pdf)
An observation template has also been developed to support PSHE leads in effectively observing PSHE lessons.
General PSHE assessment tools
- KS1 assessment sheet (word) provides a simple baseline and unit of unit assessment template that can be adapted to any unit to show progression
- KS1 assessment (word) - a traffic light system that can be used to assess understanding in a variety of topics
- KS2/3 assessment sheet (word) provides a simple baseline and unit of unit assessment template that can be adapted to any unit to show progression
- Assessing for learning (word) has a wide range of activities and ideas of assessing PHSE education.
Diamond 9 assessment activity KS2/KS3 (word) can be used at the beginning of a unit to assess the children’s understanding and then at the end of the unit to determine their change in understanding. Teachers can change the statements to suit their own topic/learning objectives.
This activity covers the following topics:
- Risky behaviour – pupils to work individually or in groups to decide which statements they view as high or low risk, placing those with a high level of risk towards the top of the diamond and those with less risk towards the bottom. Complete at beginning and end of unit
- A friend is – as above, pupils to place statements that are important qualities in a friend towards the top of the diamond and those that are less important at the bottom of the diamond. Complete at beginning and end of unit
- The best way to keep safe – as above, pupils to place the statements that they consider the most effective way to keep safe towards the top of the diamond and those that are less effective towards the bottom. Complete at beginning and end of unit
- Bullying - as above, pupils to place the statements that they consider to be more serious forms of bullying towards the top of the diamond and those that they consider to be less serious forms of bullying towards the bottom of the diamond. Complete at beginning and end of unit.
Stereotypes continuum KS2/KS3 (word)
Activity that is useful for the beginning and end of a stereotype topic as you will be able to show how the children thoughts and opinions have changed over the course of a topic. Pupils to stand along an imaginary line across the classroom, with strongly agree at one end and totally disagree at the other. Teacher is to call out a statement, pupils to position themselves along the line depending on how they feel. Teacher is to ask pupils to explain why they have positioned themselves on that part of the line.
Saving money assessment KS2/KS3 (word)
Activity that should be used at the begging and the end of a unit of work on looking after and saving money to determine whether a pupil understands the different methods of saving money and their associated risks. Pupils should try to think of two advantages and disadvantages of each method of saving. An extension would be to ask the pupil to select the method of saving they would choose themselves and state the reasons why.
- PSHE teacher questionnaire (pdf) - a useful tool to use with pupils to assess teachers’ understanding and opinions of PSHE and a baseline tool if you are reviewing your PSHE provision
- Me and My learning survey: The ‘Me and My Learning Survey’ is a pupil voice survey which can be used to identify vulnerable children or vulnerable groups of children in your school.
This pupil survey is aimed at Key Stage One and Key Stage Two pupils and can be used to identify pupil’s opinions about life in the classroom, life in school and life at home. The results of this survey can provide impact evidence for Ofsted when completed over a period of time. It can prove that a school identified a key area of need among their pupils (e.g. not being able to cool down) planned an action and then measured impact. For the ‘Me and My Learning’ pack please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- PSHE pupil questionnaire word) - a useful tool to use with pupils to assess their understanding and opinions of PSHE and a baseline tool if you are reviewing your PSHE provision.
The health improvement team run free termly PSHE co-ordinator network meetings to help share resources, give PSHE updates and also provide co-ordinators with the opportunity to share best practice and network.
Please see below for upcoming network meetings, each network is held at a different local school, please see event description for venue.
Primary and special school network meetings
Meetings will start at 1.30pm and finish at 3pm, select the dates below to view further information and to book via Ealing CPD online.
High and special school network meetings
Meeetings will start at 3.30pm and finish at 5pm, select the dates below to view further information and to book via Ealing CPD on line on:
If you require any advice or support with PSHE education in schools, contact Claire Meade via email email@example.com.