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Understanding Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education in Primary Schools

Understanding Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education in Primary Schools

April 2014 | 296 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

'This book is a gift for anyone teaching PSHE whether they are new to the profession or experienced practitioners.  Sound pedagogical discussion is combined with practical advice to ensure lessons are relevant, meet the needs of learners and allow sensitive issues to be explored in a safe and supportive way.' Liz Griffiths, Lead Assessor, National PSHE CPD Programme

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEe) is a challenging subject and when well taught, of great value. Drawing from theory and practice in education, health and welfare it encompasses sensitive issues, such as relationships, drugs, safety, and bullying, and is influenced by political concerns of the day such as childhood obesity and the health of the economy.

This book, written for those training to teach and early career primary teachers, provides clear guidance on how to tackle sensitive issues and informed ideas to help you to develop into a confident PSHE educator. It has been endorsed as a PSHE Association quality assured resource. The PSHE Association is the national subject association supporting teachers and other professionals working in the field of personal, social, health and economic education.

Key features:

  • Full of practical strategies and examples from schools that clearly demonstrate how to teach PSHEe with primary-aged children.
  • A focus on best practice teaching enabling you to plan flexibly to meet the needs of your learners.
Nick Boddington acts as National Subject Adviser for the PSHE Association, Jenny McWhirter is the Research Associate for the PSHE Association, and both her and Adrian King are experienced PSHE authors and education consultants.

Part One
Understanding effective practice in PSHE education
Understanding school ethos - What is taught and what is caught?
Understanding how to start where children are
Understanding emotional development and emotional intelligence
Understanding the pedagogy of PSHE education
Understanding how to select PSHE education teaching material and resources
Part Two
Understanding safety and risk education
Understanding Sex and Relationships Education
Understanding how to address bullying behaviour in PSHE education
Understanding medicine and drug education
Understanding personal finance education
Part Three
Understanding assessment in PSHE education
Appendix 1: PSHE education and safeguarding
Appendix 2: PSHE education and the school policy framework
Appendix 3: 'Little alien' - photocopiable activity plan

This text will support our students knowledge and understanding for health education as part of developing pupils well being.

Mrs Alison Carney
Department of Childhood Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
June 6, 2016

A very good mixture of theory and practice which will be useful as a basis for those delivering PSHE

Miss Karen Bezerra
Childcare Studies, Colege sir Gar
June 15, 2015

Useful to support wider context of PSHE delivery from educationalist perspectives. Lacks specific aspects linked to school nursing perspective and associated theories.

Mrs Karen Alred
School of Sce ,Technology & Health, University Campus Suffolk
June 3, 2015

Useful examination of issues facing the adoption of ethical based teaching at primary level. Students found the sections on school ethos particularly helpful

Mr Nigel Roberts
youth and schools, centre for youth ministry
May 18, 2015

A useful text that can be applied across a range of subject disciplines. Chapter 5 on Emotional Development and Emotional Intelligence will be of particular interest to my group of students. Chapters 3 and 6 effectively discuss the effective practice and pedagogical models for delivering the subject areas.

Mrs Alison Carney
Department of Childhood Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University
April 29, 2015

Useful to support the student teacher in developing confidence in teaching PSHE. Often student teachers are a little nervous about teaching these 'tricky' topics. this book helps scaffold this for them giving them confidence in their own planning and ideas upon which to work.

Mrs Catherine Carden
POINTED, Canterbury Christ Church University
April 23, 2014

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