Support for Personal, Social and Health Education

Introduction to PSHE

PSHE is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. PSHE contributes to personal development by helping children and young people to build their personal identities, confidence and self-esteem and understand what influences their decisions. 

Healthy Schools: The Whole School Approach

To achieve Healthy Schools best practice, schools need to conduct a review of health and wellbeing across the school including their provision of PSHE (including Sex and Relationships Education and Drugs Education), Emotional Health and Wellbeing, Healthy Eating and Physical Activity.

Healthy Schools is not just about children and young people; it is about involving the whole school community. And it is not just what happens in the curriculum but about the entire school day.

There are 10 elements to the whole school approach:

  • Leadership, management
  • Policy
  • Curriculum and learning
  • Assessing recording and evaluation
  • Ethos and environment
  • Participation and engagement
  • Support for pupils
  • Training
  • Partnerships

Evidence of the impact of the National Healthy Schools Programme

The National Healthy Schools Programme established itself as one of the country’s most widely embraced non-statutory government initiatives in schools. Research projects commissioned by the National Programme aimed to provide independent corroboration of the wealth of anecdotal information we have about Healthy Schools. Findings tell us that NHSP is valued by and has made a difference within schools and crucially that gaining NHSS is associated with improved school performance. Evidence of the positive impact of Healthy Schools nationally is reported in:

Findings include:

  • Healthy Schools could be a powerful lever for change
  • Achieving NHSS or being close to it were both associated with higher Ofsted ratings of schools’ effectiveness
  • NHSP has been associated with improved learning among students, such as improved concentration and increased confidence


Whole school review with notes
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Self-Verification Sheet

Healthy Schools Health Improvement Programme (HIM)

This follows the ‘Plan, Do and Review’ cycle of improvement and is based on the national Healthy Schools Toolkit (Department for Education).

Initially, schools need to identify need using data and/or surveys, then choose a priority area eg:

  • Healthy Eating
  • Emotional Health and Wellbeing
  • Physical Activity
  • Oral Health
  • Participation
  • Raising Aspiration
  • Safety


  • Complete the relevant planning sheet, setting meaningful outcomes and early success indicators including universal and targeted activities
  • Establish a baseline measure before introducing the intervention
  • Implement activities for the mainstream and also for a targeted group of pupils
  • Monitor progress by measuring early success indicators
  • Review achievements against original outcomes
  • Celebrate the achievement of bringing about an improvement in the health and wellbeing of the pupils in your school


Whole school Planning Sheet
Healthy Eating HIM
Emotional Health and Wellbeing HIM
Physical Activity HIM
Oral Health HIM
Participation HIM
Raising Aspiration, HIM
Safety HIM
Pupil Questionnaire Healthy Eating
Pupil Questionnaire Physical Activity
Pupil Questionnaire EHWB

General PSHE


Primary Entitlement Framework Guidance
Primary Entitlement KS1 Framework
Primary Entitlement KS2 Framework
Secondary Entitlement KS3 to KS5 Framework and Guidance
External Provider Audit

Sex and Relationships


SRE guidance2000

SRE supplementary guidance

Drug and Alcohol Policy and Education Toolkit for Schools

The downloads below give all the information and resources you will need to implement a quality drug policy and education programme at any key stage for your school.  All resources are quality assured by the PSHE Association and the DrugAware Programme as of June 2018.

Primary Drug Education Resources for KS1/2

Secondary Drug Education Resources