Any Personal and Social Health Education (PSHE) programme plays an important part in informing and supporting pupils.

Good quality PSHE can empower pupils to take responsibility for their lifestyle and learning, and enhance their development into confident and skilled young adults who will be well prepared for the challenges of life ahead as a citizen.

PSHE can also play a vital role in supporting and achieving the aims and ethos of the school.

We are very lucky to have an experienced Specialist Leader in Education through the Torbay Teaching School Alliance - Kimberley Mason, from Shiphay Learning Academy (part of the Riviera Education Trust).

Kim has developed resources for schools within Torbay to use. This is not a comprehensive resource but will aid teachers to plan lessons in accordance with their school ethos and needs.

Locally, Torbay has a range of challenges that touch on the PSHE subject areas. Notably, this includes higher than average rates of teenage conceptions, high rates of deprivation and poverty in some areas, high rates of admissions to hospital for alcohol in under 18s and associated health and wellbeing impacts.

Torbay Healthy Learning supports schools to promote PSHE. The programme:

  • Provides bespoke guidance and support for teachers and staff
  • Signposts to resources and training

Torbay holds its own Personal Development Professionals Network - a place for schools across Torbay to come together, share best practice, showcase new resources and support and discuss statutory guidance.