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

by Jenny McWhirter, Nick Boddington and Jenny Barksfield SAGE Publications Ltd
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This book provides an overview essential for a proper understanding of effective approaches to PSHE education in secondary education and the valuable role it can play in promoting the health and wellbeing of adolescents.     Coverage includes:     


·The importance and scope of PSHE education  

·The theory and research evidence for effective practice in the secondary school  

·School structures which support effective teaching and learning in PSHE education  

·Assessment for, and of, learning in PSHE education .The role of visiting experts in PSHE education  

·Overlaps with pastoral and therapeutic support

Part 1
Understanding Adolescent Development
Theory and evidence for effective teaching and learning in PSHE education
The organisation of PSHE education in the curriculum
Starting where young people are
Part 2
Understanding risk during adolescence
Mental Health and PSHE
Drug Education
Relationships and Sex Education
Economic wellbeing and financial capability
Part 3
Policy Framework
Pastoral care and therapeutic interventions
Selecting PSHE education teaching material
Part 4: Appendices
Appendix 1: Using Story, 'Case Studies' and Time Line in PSHE education
Appendix 2: Summary of organisational models for the teaching of PSHE education
Appendix 3: Baseline Assessment tools
Appendix 4: Key data on adolescence in 2015

An excellent resources not just for newly qualified teachers of PSHE but all teachers. It is a good resource manual to refer to when trying to achieve best practise in PSHE teaching.It is laid out very clearly with aims and objectives clearly indicated which teachers can identify with. The information is current and unto date including reference to the new Character Education framework.It sets out the importance of setting ground rules and includes guidance on teaching sensitive issues. Clear referencing aids further study for those teachers who may want to pursue further research into a specific topic.It highlights the importance of the subject not only to the students themselves, but to the school’s need to safeguard children and provide teaching models for school to adopt in order to meet Ousted’s ‘Outstanding’ criteria..This is a handbook for every PSHE lead.

Jenny McWhirter- Dr Jenny McWhirter is a freelance researcher and author who has been interested in the health and well being of children and young people since working as a part time youth worker in the 1980s.  She has been researching effective approaches to PSHE education for more than 25 years.  At Southampton University she managed an MSc in Health Education with Health Promotion and developed a special study in PSHE and Citizenship for the secondary PGCE programme.  Her research includes many aspects of PSHE education, including personal finance, asthma and drug education.  After leaving academia in 2003, Jenny worked for DrugScope and, later RoSPA, as an education advisor. Jenny has been chair of the Drug Education Forum and the Drug Education Practitioners’ Forum.  She was a member of the NICE Programme Development Group ‘Strategies to prevent unintentional injuries among the under 15s’. Jenny’s current research includes effective responses to drug and alcohol hidden harm.   


Nick Boddington - PSHE Association

Starting his career as an art and mathematics teacher working in both primary and secondary schools in north London, Nick Boddington joined the Advisory Service where he specialised in the teaching of sensitive issues including SRE, HIV, bullying and drug education.  One of the first Ofsted Inspectors to be trained, he left the Advisory Service as Lead Senior Adviser for Children’s Wellbeing for Essex to take up his current position as Subject Lead with the national PSHE Association. Nick is committed to a model of PSHE that places children’s individual and unique understanding of their world and their own enquiry at the centre of learning. He is co-author of a number of Government documents, academic texts and teaching resources committed to improving the quality of PSHE education. He has spent over 25 years championing the importance of placing high quality PSHE at the centre of the school curriculum.


Jenny Barksfield - PSHE Association