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New thinking from the PSHE Association - online safety, life skills and more

New thinking from the PSHE Association - online safety, life skills and more

With best wishes from the PSHE Association Team

PSHE education is crucial in preparing pupils for a complex and changing world. Colleagues at the PSHE Association have been busy writing on these themes recently and we wanted to draw their thoughts together for you here.

First, our Subject Lead Nick Boddington gives his personal views on ‘waking up to a connected world’ in a new blog post. Those of you who’ve heard Nick speak or benefited from his advice know he is always authoritative and thought provoking, and this piece is no exception. In it, he explores the need for young people to stay safe, savvy and learn to be ‘critical consumers of online information’ in a rapidly changing online world. A second piece by Nick explores the subjects of preventing extremism and radicalisation from a PSHE education perspective. He calls on schools to pursue a nuanced approach that recognises the complexity of these issues and educates pupils in critical thinking, including recognising the powers of persuasion, manipulation and charisma.

Schools often ask us how to get PSHE right for their pupils’ specific needs and Jenny Barksfield, our Deputy CEO and Senior Subject Specialist has written a great piece in Prep School Magazine on the topic. Jenny designs our programme of training and support so is very tuned into what schools require to raise their PSHE standards. In this article she offers advice on what an effective PSHE education programme looks like and how it fits within a broader whole school approach. Jenny explains that when designed and delivered well, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to build character and thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

The final piece we are highlighting is from our Chief Executive Joe Hayman who writes for the Barclay’s LifeSkills blog on the importance of PSHE to helping pupils negotiate life and work beyond school. Joe outlines how an education that builds key skills and attributes for life is increasingly important in a complex and rapidly changing world and the importance of getting these skills on the statutory curriculum, as supported by pupils, parents and employers.

We aim to publish these opinion pieces more regularly both on our own website (which we’re relaunching soon!) and other relevant outlets, so do let us know if there is anything in particular you think we should cover.


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