Long-term planning

Plan PSHE education that covers all of statutory RSHE, economic wellbeing, careers and personal safety.

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Our Programme of Study will help you decide what content to teach, and when.
Subject Specialist

Programme of Study for PSHE education (KS1-5)

It's now a statutory requirement to teach most of PSHE education. This statutory content – often referred to as RSHE – covers Relationships Education at key stages 1 and 2, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) at key stages 3 and 4, and Health Education from key stage 1 to 4.

PSHE education also covers economic wellbeing, careers & enterprise education, and personal safety  (including assessing and managing risk). Though not yet statutory, these are vital parts of any school's PSHE curriculum.

Use our Programme of Study to integrate and sequence RSHE and non-statutory content effectively, by key stage, into a coherent PSHE programme tailored to your school. 

Learning opportunities for each key stage are spread across three core themes: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World.


Programme of Study

Frequently asked questions
  • Our Programme of Study gives schools a framework for designing PSHE education that matches your pupils’ needs. 

    It covers the breadth of PSHE from all statutory RSHE requirements (including Relationships Education, RSE and Health Education) to economic wellbeing and careers, setting out suggested content for each key stage. Learning opportunities are spread across three core themes: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships, and Living in the Wider World.

    This is the only national programme of study for PSHE education and is signposted to by the Department for Education.

  • Ofsted is focusing more on PSHE education now that relationships, sex and health education are statutory and following its 2021 review into sexual harassment in schools.The current inspection framework also has greater emphasis on personal development and supporting students’ future success. 

    Our Programme of Study will support you to clarify your PSHE curriculum’s ‘intent’ and give you the starting point for implementation of your curriculum. And you can use our assessment guide to help you demonstrate the ‘impact’ of PSHE teaching and learning in your school.

  • Our planning guidance for pupils with SEND will help you to plan all PSHE education content – including statutory RSHE, economic wellbeing and careers –  for pupils with SEND in both mainstream and special school settings.