Personal, Social & Health Education

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This covers Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), including sex and relationship education and drug education (including alcohol, tobacco and volatile substance abuse).

PSHE provides pupils with the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes to make informed decisions about their lives.  A key aim of Healthy Schools work is to is to challenge you to go much further in extending and strenthening PSHE.

The  PSHE Association was formed to raise the status, quality and impact of PSHE, and to provide help and support to teachers and other PSHE professionals. 


A full, timetabled, whole school implementation of Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) can provide a substantial part - but not all - of a planned programme of PSHE.  The PSHE programme needs to include more of the knowledge aspects of drugs, alcohol and tobacco education, Sex and Relationships Education, healthy living, staying safe  and Citizenship.

SEAL helps children and young people to develop skills and attitudes of confidence, self-esteem, risk awareness and risk management, assertiveness and awareness of their feelings and how to deal with them appropriately and effectively. All of these skills can help them make informed and strong, safe choices including those around drugs, alcohol, sex and relationships and risky behaviours now and in the future.