The importance of Personal Social Health Education (PSHE)

How can PSHE benefit pupils?

PSHE education helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage many of the critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face as they grow up and in adulthood.

By teaching pupils to stay safe and healthy, and by building self esteem, resilience and empathy, an effective PSHE programme can tackle barriers to learning, raise aspirations, and improve the life chances of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils.

There is evidence to show that PSHE can address teenage pregnancy, substance misuse, unhealthy eating, lack of physical activity, and emotional health. The skills and attributes developed through PSHE are also shown to increase academic attainment and attendance rates, particularly among pupils eligible for free school meals, as well as improving employability and boosting social mobility. (as cited on the PSHE Association website).