Development for trainees and ECTs (Early Career Teachers)

Understand the fundamentals of teaching safe and effective PSHE education.

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Free termly online network meetings to help you support your students to get to grips with PSHE education, including statutory DfE requirements.
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Are you new to teaching?

Early Career Teachers (ECTs) often have to deliver PSHE education in their first teaching post and most teachers will be required to teach the subject at some point in their careers. So it’s vital that all teachers understand the basics.

Our free on-demand FutureLearn course and Professional Development Framework will both help you on your way to becoming a safe and effective PSHE teacher. 

FutureLearn course: Helping Children Navigate a Complex World

This on-demand training — available 3 times a year but open for registration at any time — will provide the ideal foundation for teaching new statutory RSE, Relationships Education and Health Education content safely and effectively.

  • Explain how PSHE education has developed globally and over time
  • Explore the impact of PSHE education, for all children and young people and for your pupils
  • Understand core evidence-based principles of safe and effective PSHE education
  • Design your own PSHE lesson and received feedback
  • Collaborate with other PSHE professionals around the world

Cost: Free

Completion time: Approx. 2 hours of study each week for 3 weeks.

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The Framework...

Designed to be used in partnership with your university tutor or school-based mentor, our Framework will help you develop the basic understanding and skills you'll need to teach PSHE effectively.

We will award all successful participants the Certificate of Professional Development in PSHE Education for Trainees and Newly Qualified Teachers via your ITE provider or school mentor.

Professional Development Framework FAQs
  • Teachers are often required to deliver PSHE in their first teaching post and most will have to teach PSHE education at some point in their careers.

    Achieving this certificate helps to demonstrate your understanding and experience of safe practice in PSHE education. It will also contribute to your professional practice and enrich application for future roles.

  • You’ll need to evidence your experience and understanding against criteria set out in the documents below. Your tutor or school-based mentor can work through the process with you and assess how well you meet these criteria.

  • Download our guidance below for details on the standard we expect from submissions. You can also use this guidance to inform how best to cover PSHE in teacher training.

Document downloads

For trainees and NQTs: evidence framework (word)

For trainees and NQTs: evidence framework (PDF)

For tutors: evidence framework (PDF)

Declaration (PDF)