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Understanding Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education in Primary Schools

Understanding Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education in Primary Schools

First Edition

February 2017 | 296 pages | SAGE AdvantEDGE
'This book is a gift for anyone teaching PSHE whether they are new to the profession or experienced practitioners. Sound pedagogical discussion is combined with practical advice to ensure lessons are relevant, meet the needs of learners and allow sensitive issues to be explored in a safe and supportive way.' - Liz Griffiths, Lead Assessor, National PSHE CPD Programme

 Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEe) is a challenging subject and when well taught, of great value. Drawing from theory and practice in education, health and welfare it encompasses sensitive issues, such as relationships, drugs, safety, and bullying, and is influenced by political concerns of the day such as childhood obesity and the health of the economy.

This book, written for those training to teach and early career primary teachers, provides clear guidance on how to tackle sensitive issues and informed ideas to help you to develop into a confident PSHE educator. It has been endorsed as a PSHE Association quality assured resource. The PSHE Association is the national subject association supporting teachers and other professionals working in the field of personal, social, health and economic education (

Key features:

• Full of practical strategies and examples from schools that clearly demonstrate how to teach PSHEe with primary-aged children.

• A focus on best practice teaching enabling you to plan flexibly to meet the needs of your learners.

Nick Boddington acts as National Subject Adviser for the PSHE Association, Jenny McWhirter is the Research Associate for the PSHE Association, and both her and Adrian King are experienced PSHE authors and education consultants.
Part One
Understanding effective practice in PSHE education
Understanding school ethos - What is taught and what is caught?
Understanding how to start where children are
Understanding emotional development and emotional intelligence
Understanding the pedagogy of PSHE education
Understanding how to select PSHE education teaching material and resources
Part Two
Understanding safety and risk education
Understanding Sex and Relationships Education
Understanding how to address bullying behaviour in PSHE education
Understanding medicine and drug education
Understanding personal finance education
Part Three
Understanding assessment in PSHE education
Appendix 1: PSHE education and safeguarding
Appendix 2: PSHE education and the school policy framework
Appendix 3: 'Little alien' - photocopiable activity plan

Nick Boddington

Starting his career as an art and mathematics teacher working in both primary and secondary schools in north London, Nick Boddington joined the Advisory Service where he specialised in the teaching of sensitive issues including SRE, HIV, bullying and drug education.  One of the first Ofsted Inspectors to be trained, he left the Advisory Service as Lead Senior Adviser for Children’s Wellbeing for Essex to take up his current position as Subject Lead with the national PSHE Association. Nick is committed to a model of PSHE that places children’s individual and unique understanding of their world and their own enquiry at the centre... More About Author

Adrian King

Adrian King has been a teacher in both primary and secondary schools and was Health Education Co-ordinator for Berkshire Local Authority from 1985 to 1998. Since then he has been an independent consultant, trainer and author. In 2004 Adrian was the consultant engaged to write Drugs: Guidance for Schools for the Department for Children School and Families. He has been Membership Secretary of the National Health Education Group since 1986 and has also been an elected official for both Drug Education Forum and Drug Education Practitioners’ Forum. Adrian is committed to improving the quality of PSHE education for young people, working to... More About Author

Jenny McWhirter

Dr Jenny McWhirter is a freelance researcher and author who has been interested in the health and well being of children and young people since working as a part time youth worker in the 1980s.  She has been researching effective approaches to PSHE education for more than 25 years.  At Southampton University she managed an MSc in Health Education with Health Promotion and developed a special study in PSHE and Citizenship for the secondary PGCE programme.  Her research includes many aspects of PSHE education, including personal finance, asthma and drug education.  After leaving academia in 2003, Jenny worked for... More About Author


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