Planning PSHE in your school

SHEU : nationally-recognised, since 1977,
as the specialist provider of reliable local survey data about young people's health and wellbeing

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Nicky Morgan's bright blue speech [Mar 10 2015] "Preparing young people for life in modern Britain"

Why teach PSHE and SRE in schools?

To help understand how Parliament/Private Members' Bills etc. works ....

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education Bill 2014-15

Sex and Relationships Education (Curriculum) Bill 2014-15

House of Commons - Bill passage First Reading

House of Commons - Bill passage Second Reading

Private Members' Bills : chance of success

Caroline Lucas' PSHE Bill

Diana Johnson's SRE Bill

WHAT CAN A TEACHER EXPECT ...? Why lessons are important ... School Health Research

Spring 2014 ...

"All schools must publish their school curriculum by subject and academic year, including their provision of personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE)" Publishing the curriculum Spring 2014 (DfE)

"As a Deputy Head in a large secondary school I was involved in taking part in a city wide health and wellbeing survey over a period of six years. Completing the survey every two years grew in importance year on year, with the final cycle having a major impact on our SDP, PHSE curriculum, Ofsted outcomes and governor understanding. Over the six year period we moved from a small sample in two tutor groups filling in a paper survey to two year groups completing an online survey. The reports produced give graphical analysis of a wide range of issues. As a result of the survey we increased the number of PSHE workshop days for students to address issues such as smoking, drug and alcohol awareness, anti-bullying workshops. The surveys helped Governors make a positive informed decision to allow Brook Advisory Clinic nurses on site to support students. As a result of taking part and using the evidence provided we were able to offer more support for students which had a direct impact on improved attendance and outcomes." Deputy Head Secondary School

 “The (SHEU survey) helped us to prioritise where we needed to be in terms of PSHE education. We delivered assemblies based on the evidence as well as curriculum development, and dealt with whole school issues – particularly in regard to pastoral care. The answers received to the question on the survey “Who are you most likely to approach if you needed help” worried staff as “teacher” was not a popular answer. Subsequently the staff asked themselves why this had happened and what needed to be done to address the issue. There was more emphasis on wider aspects of PSHE education delivery, which needed more attention. To summarise, the (SHEU survey) allows the PSHE department to assess the impact of teaching and learning and modify future lessons accordingly. It allows our school to look at whole school issues such as the extent to which the pastoral care system is meeting the needs of our pupils. It helps us to do need analysis of our pupils. It helps to provide important evidence for SEF / the extent to which we are meeting wellbeing indicators / National Healthy School standards.”   Secondary School Head

... it's up to you now ...

" ...The Education Committee announces an inquiry into Personal, Social, Health and Economic education and Sex and Relationships Education in schools. ..." (April 2014)

"...Not yet good enough: personal, social, health and economic education in schools... " Ofsted reports on PSHE and materials for schools (May 2013)

"... PSHE is a non-statutory subject. To allow teachers the flexibility to deliver high quality PSHE we consider it unnecessary to provide new standardised frameworks or programmes of study. Teachers are best placed to understand the needs of their pupils and do not need additional central prescription..."
Elizabeth Truss, Education Minister from September 2012 (March 2013)

"It should be for teachers, not the government, to design the lessons and the experiences that will engage pupils ...reflecting their pupils’ interests and local circumstances." Nick Gibb, Schools Minister from May 2010 until September 2012

"Sex education 'could be better' ...Lessons about sex, relationships and health are not good enough in 25% of schools in England ..." Ofsted report July 2010

"...The recent review of sex and relationships education (SRE) in schools reported that the provision of SRE was patchy and that many young people were not receiving the support they need to make safe and responsible choices about sex and relationships. As a consequence, we have taken the decision, subject to public consultation, to make Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education (including SRE) statutory..." Beverly Hughes, Minister for Children, Families & Young People, June 2009


SHEU’s view, developed over 30 years, is that the best way to explore pupils' circumstances with a view to planning PSHE provision is with a local, anonymous, survey of health and lifestyles.
Have a look at the detailed book of tables and a comparison report your school will receive following a survey.  [Click on the thumbnails for a larger version.]

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"We were talking about (the SHEU survey) data at our conference, for PSHE advisers and consultants. Colleagues shared their very positive experiences of (the survey).
It provides excellent evidence of behaviour change for children and young people
and of the impact of PSHE and wider interventions."
Personal & Social Development Consultant

More comments about SHEU surveys:
"You and the team have the evidence to show how young people's behaviour has or hasn't changed over time.” OFSTED
"We are planning next year's programmes around this information” Health Education Adviser
"The (SHEU survey) is an incredibly useful resource for (us) as it provides schools, with invaluable data which can inform curriculum content, methods of lesson delivery and empower schools to better meet the needs of their pupils." Health Education Advisor

Find out more about SHEU surveys


Comments from PSHE colleagues and others about SHEU services



#SHEUres research links, updated monthly, about young people's health and wellbeing
Nuggets of information supplemented with Internet links
Research topics include: SRE, Sleep problems, Smoking, Phys. Activity and Acad. Achievement
3 age groups and 8 topics including Food, Drugs, Exercise, Health etc.
Latest issue plus all articles, since 1983, from the journal
Annual reports from 2000 about Young People's health-related behaviour
  More PSHE links
  SHEU FREE PSHE Resources : Send an Email to a Colleague


How will smoking affect your appearance?  NHS Choices


Saying no to drugs.  NHS CHoices


Comments about SHEU

"You have often stood alone against the media who were often looking for the sensational headline. I have noticed an important change: the media now look out for and report very fairly and fully on the reports from the team." 
Tributes from a Health Education Advisor to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

Health Education Advisor

"Your work in developing the Health Related Behaviour Survey was ground breaking and has continued to evolve." Tribute from a Director of Public Health to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

"Many thanks to SHEU for your excellent professional support over the years."

PSHE teacher

"The Unit has a unique historical and contemporary archive of young people." Prof. Ted Wragg 1938-2005

Prof Ted Wragg, 1938-2005

"...the only question to cause a problem was 'has everyone got a pen?" Supervisor's notes following a school survey

Supervisor's Notes

“(The SHEU survey) was very, very useful. It gave us reassurance we weren’t missing a trick. For example not many pupils in the sample year groups were taking illegal drugs, which re-enforced our opinions. But the survey also raised issues and flagged some things up. We discovered that some of our girls weren’t eating enough – the percentage of girls in our school not eating lunch the day before the survey was higher than the county average. There were other concerns too, specifically around cigarettes, alcohol and attendance.
The school used this data and took a number of actions to address it. More female peer mentors were put in place and the school asked NEXUS (the Extended Schools service) for help, so they developed a programme for girls which addressed their eating patterns, healthy eating, sex education and self-esteem issues.
We ran an anti-bullying group for Year 9 as a preventative measure, based upon data provided by our current Year 10 students.
The travel data revealed that a high number of pupils took the car to school so we involved the BIKE-IT scheme who ran assemblies, brought in their bikes (including one with a pedal-powered smoothie maker!), and raised awareness of health and green issues.
The information about how happy the students were with their lives raised some concerns as far fewer girls were as happy as the boys, so work was done around developing aspirations, role-models and self-esteem."        

Deputy Head, Secondary School

"We did this last year with Year 8 and 10 and was incredibly useful. It is WELL worth doing and so useful to inform PSHE planning. The safeguarding audit team were delighted that we had done it. The findings are so so interesting.
"The findings are really comprehensive and range from what percentage of year 8 have breakfast in the morning to how many have tried this particular drug, to identity, health and sleep patterns, mental health, citizenship issues....
"It's essential for the PSHE and pastoral curriculum."

PSHCEE coordinator

"Many thanks for a major contribution to the health of children in the UK and elsewhere over many years and putting in place the continuation of the Unit." Tribute from a Director of Public Health to John Balding, presented at his retirement lunch, May 2005

Director of Public Health

My school took part in the Health Survey last year and found it incredibly beneficial. It has been an invaluable tool for planning our PSHE/well being provision and actioning our school development plan.

Primary School Wellbeing Lead

"Within the curriculum, we are part of the Healthy Schools programme - and the local, Director of Public Health Award. We cover many facets of health from emotional intelligence to safety education and our very strong, Anti-Bullying and Child Protection programmes. You can imagine our delight when the Local Authority and our school nurse made the following comments after we took part in the regional Schools Health Education Unit Survey: " Head Teacher.
“This was an amazing set of outcomes and really good evidence that (your school) is doing a wonderful job in prioritizing the health and well-being of its pupils … Well done to staff, governors and parents for all your work on this through the Director of Public Health award and other strategies. It is very clear that pupils feel happy, safe and involved at the school and your caring ethos shines through this data.”
Healthy Schools Coorduinator.


Headteacher & Healthy Schools Coordinator