Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE).

Government PSHE Guidance and the National Curriculum

PSHE remains a non-statutory subject in both the primary and secondary school.  The 2013 National Curriculum framework documents for both primary and secondary levels states:

‘All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice. Schools are also free to include other subjects or topics of their choice in planning and designing their own programme of education.’

The DfE has also published supplementary guidance on PSHE education which reiterates previous Government policy on the subject. It states that while PSHE education remains a non-statutory subject, it is ‘an important and necessary part of pupils’ education. It goes on:

‘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 PSHE Association provides information, guidance and support for schools to help you plan, implement and assess PSHE in your school. Their curriculum guidance  will help you structure PSHE learning for each key stage.


Their August 2015 document “The status of Personal Social Health and Economic (PSHE) education: a briefing for school leaders and PSHE education co-ordinators” sets out the position of PSHE education in the national curriculum and outlines how the subject helps schools to fulfil their statutory duties and perform well in Ofsted inspections.

Further useful documents from the PSHE Association

What is PSHE and why is important? (link

Ten top tips for teaching PSHE (link

North Lincolnshire Documents

PSHE co-ordinators across schools in North Lincolnshire have worked together to create the following documents.  This part of the website is updated is updated on a regular basis so please keep watching for new developments.

PSHE Primary Audit – This audit is available for those PSHE co-ordinators who want to audit coverage of PSHE in their primary school.

PSHE Secondary Audit – This audit is available for those PSHE co-ordinators who want to audit coverage of PSHE in their Secondary school.

PSHE Mandatory statement – All schools and academies should have a PSHE mandatory statement on their website.

PSHE Policy – Available soon

PSHE Primary Spiral Curriculum – The curriculum is added to each term by the working group.

Ofsted 2015 powerpoint in relation to PSHE

Ofsted definitions of SMSC

SMSC tracking grid (partially started)

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