Teaching PSHE in primary school

Find examples of resources for primary PSHE, including schemes of work, progression grids, and an example from a school. Understand how to plan your PSHE offer with examples of action plans and advice about timetabling.

Last reviewed on 30 May 2023
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  1. Download a programme of study from the PSHE Association
  2. See schemes of work from an organisation and a school
  3. Ask your pupils what they want to learn about in PSHE
  4. Consider adding citizenship to your PSHE curriculum
  5. You can choose how you timetable PSHE
  6. Improve your offer with a PSHE action plan
  7. Consider creating a PSHE policy
  8. Brush up on what Ofsted might ask about PSHE

Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) is a non-statutory subject, so you have plenty of freedom to choose resources that reflect the needs of your pupils.

Relationships and health education

All primary schools must provide:

  • Relationships education
  • Health education

This is set out in the DfE's statutory guidance.

If you’re using PSHE lessons to fulfil this requirement, you'll need to make sure you include all the statutory content. Find out more about relationships and health education requirements and resources in our other articles.

Download a programme of study from the PSHE Association

The PSHE Association has produced a programme of study to provide “a framework for designing PSHE education that matches your pupils’ needs”.

The programme covers Key Stages (KS) 1 to 5. It integrates statutory content (relationships and health) and non-statutory topics (including finances, personal safety and managing risk) into its 3 core themes:

See schemes

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