Learning and Development Academy

a development programme for schools and charities

Supporting the National Curriculum

Supporting the National Curriculum

The Leadership for Life programme closely supports the UK Government initiative for Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education in schools throughout the UK and focuses on all of the key learning outcomes proposed by the PSHE Association. Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education deals with real life issues which affect children and young people, their families and their communities.

It engages with the social, health and economic realities of their lives, their experiences and their attitudes. The benefits of PSHE education are universal, supporting all children and young people – the highest achievers as well as the vulnerable and excluded – to achieve their fullest potential. PSHE education equips children and young people with knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive, fulfilled, capable and responsible lives.

PSHE education encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in managing their finances effectively. It also enables children and young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes, and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future. PSHE education is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

Key outcomes of PSHE Education are as follows:

  • The personal development of children and young people and how it is important for them to develop self-esteem and acquire the skills, knowledge and capabilities to manage their own health, relationships, and finances.
  • Pupils are able to make informed choices, recognise and manage risk, and have the knowledge and awareness to make safe decisions. It is vital that pupils have the ability to negotiate the challenges that life presents.
  • Pupils must be aware of how their behaviours affect others and must be able take responsibility for their actions. Pupils should have the values and integrity to become responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society
  • Making healthy lifestyle choices is vital and pupils must be given factual information to help them maintain and take responsibility for their own health and wellbeing. Pupils must understand how to maintain their physical fitness by engaging in regular vigorous exercise and should know how nutrition and their food choices affected both their weight and bodily health.
  • PSHE must focus strongly on relationships and the responsibilities that pupils have with, and to, others. Pupils should be equipped with the skill and ability to form good basic relationships and relate well to others to prepare them for their future role as parents, partners, spouses and friends.
  • One of the core outcomes of PSHE education should be to develop pupils’ emotional resilience and mental health awareness. Although the knowledge of facts is important, the skills needed for emotional health and wellbeing such as mediation, listening, assertiveness, resilience and negotiation are core to PSHE education.
  • The core outcomes for pupils’ achievement are to enhance their self-esteem, increase their self-confidence and become independent learners. It is vital that pupils have a sense of self-worth and personal identity to prepare them for adulthood. PSHE is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education.

All schools should teach PSHE, drawing on good practice, and this expectation is outlined in the introduction to the proposed new National Curriculum. The Leadership for Life programme helps schools to meet these requirements in full.

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