Core theme: Health & Wellbeing
Physical health

Learning about physical health includes food choices, physical activity, balanced lifestyles, drugs and alcohol education, first aid, sleep, dental health and more.

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Teaching about physical health helps pupils make informed decisions. Our tools and resources support effective, age (and stage) appropriate teaching.
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Teaching about physical health

Schools must now teach about physical health as part of statutory Health Education. We’ve got all the tools and resources you need to plan, sequence and deliver this content effectively through your PSHE education curriculum.

The Association really helped me to introduce preventative drugs education to my PSHE curriculum. I see a real difference in my pupils’ understanding of the risks and harms.

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See where physical health fits within your PSHE education curriculum using our Programme of Study (key stages 1-5). Use our Programme Builders to build a programme tailored to your pupils’ needs.

We update these Programme Builders regularly with quality assured resources. These include our suite of lesson plans on food choices, physical activity and balanced lifestyles and our Sleep Factor and drugs education materials. You’ll also find lessons on first aid and much more in our resources library.

Planning PSHE in your school

Here's everything you need to audit your provision, break down what you need to cover by key stage, and design an engaging scheme of work.
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    The Programme of Study for PSHE education breaks things down into what you can cover by key stage.
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    Our Programme Builders help you design an engaging, effective scheme of work, and signpost to quality assured lesson plans to use.
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    Audit your current provision and get a personalised report with advice on next steps.

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Training and events

  • KS3-4

    Online CPD: Embedding statutory Relationships, Sex & Health Education (secondary)

    2 Jul
    £195 per person
    Want to get up to speed with the statutory requirements for secondary RSE and Health Education? This interactive online course will explore practical ideas and classroom strategies for planning, teaching and assessing high quality, inclusive RSE and Health Education. You will consider the interrelationship between RSHE and broader PSHE education, whilst building confidence in policy writing and parental engagement.
  • KS3-4

    Twilight CPD: Effective drugs & alcohol education (secondary)

    26 Sep
    £95 per person
    Informed by our work with academic experts, this session will explore what makes effective, age-appropriate learning for secondary students. With a focus on current trends, such as the increase in vaping, you will be equipped to tackle drug and alcohol-related issues through the curriculum and as part of a whole-school approach.
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Research and evidence

Published: March 25, 2022
Evidence review exploring key research and strategies to help teach effective drug and alcohol education at KS1-4.
Published: October 11, 2021
Published by Public Health England, this report outlines evidence that promoting pupil health and wellbeing as part of a whole-school approach can also have a positive impact on educational outcomes.
Published: October 11, 2021
Collaborative report from the UNODC, UNESCO and the WHO, examining the fundamental responsibility the education sector has to protect children and young people from substance use.