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PSHE education

How governing boards can support and influence the PSHE curriculum and monitor its impact

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Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.

This guide highlights the importance of PSHE education in keeping pupils safe and addressing issues such as healthy and respectful relationships, and what respectful behaviour looks like.

Governing boards can use the guide to support discussions with school leaders about:

  • Making PSHE education a fundamental part of a curriculum that supports the educational vision for their school or trust.
  • Influencing and supporting the planning and delivery of PSHE education and monitoring its impact.

The guide has been produced in collaboration with the PSHE Association, a national body, charity and membership organisation that supports a network of over 50,000 practitioners with teaching resources, guidance, advice and training.

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