Our Certificate of Professional Development for Trainee and Newly Qualified Teachers


The Framework for professional development in PSHE education for trainee and newly qualified teachers supports those new to teaching to develop the basic understanding and skills they require to effectively teach PSHE education. NQTs are often required to deliver PSHE upon taking up their first teaching post and most teachers will be required to teach PSHE education at some point in their careers. Successfully completing the professional development framework and achieving the Certificate of professional development in PSHE education for trainee and newly qualified teachers leaves trainee teachers and NQTs feeling better prepared and confident to teach PSHE education, as well as highlighting their commitment to best practice to potential or current employers.

Recently updated for trainee teachers/NQTs to use in partnership with a university tutor or school-based mentor, the framework explains the key understanding and competences trainee teachers should acquire and demonstrate, prior to teaching PSHE education. The 2019 version of the certificate framework is still valid for the 2020-2021 academic year and is available upon request.

The framework provides a mechanism for tutors and mentors to assess whether their trainee teachers/NQTs have evidenced the key understanding and competences required for PSHE teaching. All successful participants will receive the Certificate of professional development in PSHE education for trainees and newly qualified teachers, which is awarded by the PSHE Association via their ITE provider/school mentor.

A partner document for tutors/mentors provides further details of the standard expected from those submitting for award of the certificate and should be used to inform ITE provision.

The process is free and is suitable for developing the skills and knowledge of those new to teaching, regardless of phase and discipline. To find out more or to register your interest in the programme please email us.

To download the framework, please scroll down to the “attachment” section on the bottom of this page.

We also offer school-based training, including workshops and lectures for small groups or large cohorts of trainee teachers, or tutors/mentors. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

PSHE Association membership and support for trainee and Newly Qualified Teachers

The PSHE Association is pleased to offer a reduced price concessionary membership costing £20 for a year (normally £50) to NQTs, student teachers and Teaching Assistants in their first year of membership.

The benefits of membership...

Access member-only resources

Our growing catalogue of lesson plans, guidance and planning tools will help you deliver effective PSHE education (including RSE and Health Education).

Access to member-only CPD & events

Our online and face-to-face training will support you to provide PSHE that meets your pupils’ needs and statutory/Ofsted requirements.

Access Subject Specialist support

Our team of Subject Specialists will help you to plan, optimise and deliver high quality PSHE education. Support available by phone, email and online.

Join your national community

Join our rapidly growing national network of like-minded PSHE professionals! Strength in numbers allows us to work together towards improved status, quality and resourcing.

In addition PSHE Association members may wish to buy ‘Understanding Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education in Primary Schools’ and   'Understanding Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education in Secondary Schools'.  These books were written with trainee teachers and their mentors in mind but are equally valuable for anyone seeking to deepen their understanding of PSHE education pedagogy and practice.

Are you a teacher trainer? See our dedicated ITE page.