PSHE is a non-statutory subject in state schools. The status of PSHE is different from all other subjects as it is neither part of the national curriculum nor part of the basic curriculum; PSHE is not a formally examined subject. However, when PSHE education is delivered well it has the potential to boost pupils’ life chances helping them to stay safe, improve their physical and emotional health and develop the character, resilience and skills they need to succeed academically and in the work place.
High quality PSHE Education can play a key role in safeguarding children and young people and managing risks such as sexual exploitation, drug and alcohol use, violent or abusive relationships, consent and online safety.
As part of an OFSTED inspection, inspectors will be looking to see evidence of good practice including the PSHE curriculum and how this contributes to the safeguarding, wellbeing and development of children and young people. For example, settings should be able to provide opportunities for pupils to have difficult conversations/ discuss controversial issues in a safe environment. How well are you trained and confident in leading these sessions?
OFSTED state that schools need to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that includes a wide range of initiatives and activities to promote pupils / students spiritual, moral, social and cultural, as well as their physical and emotional development.