A key way to embed good teaching and learning in PSHE education is to ensure initial teacher educators deliver high quality provision at the start of teachers’ careers.
The PSHE Association conducted research into practice within the initial teacher education sector in the West Midlands in early 2018. Key learning from this project is shared below.
Report & Framework
We published ‘Teacher Trainers and PSHE Education: A Snapshot’ in February 2019, a report on our research into PSHE provision in ITE. The report focusses on provision in the West Midlands, but its findings, recommendations and good practice examples will be of interest to ITE providers of all types across the country.
A tool to support ITE practitioners to plan PSHE education provision was also developed. These learnings are now incorporated into our recently published support materials for the Certificate of Professional Development in PSHE for Trainee and Newly Qualified Teachers. Copies of this useful framework are available on request.
The University of Worcester were featured in our report as an example of primary phase ITE provision that fully embeds discrete and integrated PSHE education across their curriculum.
They have shared a possible approach to inclusion of PSHE in an undergraduate and postgraduate Primary phase ITE programme [available here]. The programme, which is based on the exemplar model shared, has received very positive feedback from their trainee teachers.
Our report also features a case study from the University of Birmingham — whose trainee teachers commented favourably on the input within their secondary PGDipEd programmes:
Completing training in PSHE during my PGDipEd allowed me to develop as a facilitator of PSHE. It helped me understand how meaningful, effective PSHE can contribute greatly to the holistic development of pupils and provide them with the skills needed to develop as confident, healthy and happy individuals far beyond school. I am much more confident and dedicated to the facilitation of PSHE than many of my colleagues who have not been trained in the subject.
NQT: Teacher of PSHE education, year 11
PSHE Association support and membership for NQT's
The PSHE Association is pleased to offer a reduced price concessionary membership costing £20 for a year (normally £50) to Newly Qualified Teachers (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.
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