PSHE in SEND settings & pupil-centred approaches to using our Planning Framework

PSHE in SEND settings & pupil-centred approaches to using our Planning Framework

Two-part case study exploring different approaches to organising PSHE in SEND settings and how the Planning Framework can be adapted to the needs of pupils.

All special schools devise their own unique whole-school approach to the preparation, planning and delivery of PSHE education. And since 2018*, our free to download Planning Framework for Pupils with SEND has become an essential component for many colleagues in the sector, helping them to deliver a high quality PSHE curriculum matched to their pupils' age and stage.

At our termly online course — Effective PSHE Education in Special Education Provision — PSHE leads enjoy seeing how other schools have approached the organisation of their PSHE curriculum. So with this in mind, we’ve pulled together a ‘spotlight’ series on the different approaches that some of our members have taken, backed up by new case studies (incorporating real examples of pupils’ work) to help colleagues reflect on their current practice and explore the different ways the Planning Framework can be used and adapted.


In these four different school examples, we’ve put the spotlight on the innovative ways colleagues in SEND settings have organised their PSHE education provision. Get a fresh perspective on how other PSHE leads ensure that their PSHE curriculum is truly matched to the needs of learners.

2.The Planning Framework 'at work'

Whereas the ‘spotlight’ slides give a bird’s eye view of how PSHE leads have organized PSHE provision, these pupil-focused case studies — with real examples of pupil work — illustrate how the Planning Framework can be used and adapted to support pupils with a variety of different special educational needs.

These slides will introduce you to the format and functionality of the Planning Framework before demonstrating how it can be used in practice by teachers and pupils. Each profile outlines the school context, the special needs of the individual learner and an ‘intended learning outcome’ for the chosen topic and stage of that learner. The ‘baseline’ and ‘endpoint’ assessment — exemplified by real examples of pupil work produced during the lesson — demonstrate the progress that each pupil has made toward meeting the learning outcome.

The accompanying presenter notes in this section can be used as either a self-help guide or to support a school-led CPD segment on the use and application of the Planning Framework for pupils with SEND.

*The Planning Framework for pupils with SEND has been reviewed and updated in line with the Department for Education’s new statutory Guidance on Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (2020).




At a glance:

Resource type(s)

Assessment tools and strategies
Case Studies


Assessment and Evaluation
Curriculum planning


Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4

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