All schools must provide a curriculum that is broadly based and balanced, and which meets the needs of all pupils. Under section 78 of the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010 such a curriculum:
- promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society
- prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life
PSHE education is a planned programme of learning through which pupils acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole school approach, it develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
PSHE education should address both pupils’ direct experience and preparation for their future. A spiral programme ensures learning is revisited, reinforced and extended in age and stage appropriate contexts. Developing a PSHE programme which meets pupil need and which is tailored to local circumstances is vital.
The PSHE Association