Until I Met You I Didn’t Really Understand The Importance Of PSHE


There’s so much to being a teacher.   There’s so much to being a parent.  What if you’re both?




You might agree with the argument that PSHE should be made compulsory. 

Or you may not. 

What I do know is,  PSHE is not,  as one government adviser once described ‘a barnacle to be scraped off the boat.’ 

It's clear that all the schools I’ve visited in Halton over the last 18 months take PSHE education very seriously. 

I now understand that the teaching of PSHE gives pupils the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe and to prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. 

I also know that this means age-appropriate sex and relationships education as well as discussing challenging topics like internet safety and drugs.

I want to help you communicate this message - at least in Halton.

I want to make your online wellbeing magazines as relevant and topical as possible.

Yes, the magazines (funded by the department of Public Health) are a ‘tool’ to help communicate your message but the magazines are ultimately for the pupils. What do they want to see included? 

Do pupils even know that the magazines exist?

What makes you and your students feel good about themselves? What questions do students ask? What advice can they give to each other? Am we including articles and videos that interest them?

Lets make the magazines a collaboration. To do this please take time to have a look at March’s magazine for young people in Halton or log on to your own magazine account and share with your students. 

I really would love to know your thoughts.