Personal, Social and Health Education
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Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education has in various forms been part of the national curriculum for schools in England since 2000. Some aspects, but not all, have been compulsory. PSHE is defined by the schools inspectorate Ofsted as a planned programme to help children and young people develop fully as individuals and as members of families and social and economic communities. Its goal is to equip young people with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthily, safely, productively and responsibly.
In Wales, the comparable element of the state school curriculum topic is Personal and Social Education (PSE). In Ireland, it is Social, Personal and Health education (SPHE). It is also known as PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education), PSED (Personal, Social and Emotional Development) and PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education).
 Recent developments
Recent[when?] research at the University of Southampton and the University of Bristol has resulted in a thrust towards changing this.[clarification needed] The UK government published in May 2005 the "SEAL" pack (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) for primary schools to teach emotional literacy and personal growth overtly through PSHE and the curriculum. This is to be supported also in secondary schools in England and Wales with a similar pack, still in development, called "SEBS" or Social, Emotional and Behavioural Skills. It is also sometimes referred to as variants of PSHEE (Personal Social Health Economic Education).
More recently,[when?] the largest ever study of PSHE education in primary and secondary schools in England was completed by the Centre for Education and Inclusion Research (CEIR) at Sheffield Hallam University (Formby et al., 2011). This research was based on a nationally representative survey and in-depth case studies to map and assess the delivery and effectiveness of current provision in English primary and secondary schools.
In July 2011, the Department for Education launched an internal review of personal, social, health and economic education to look at the content and quality of teaching of PSHE in schools. Closing date for the responses to the review was Wednesday 30 November 2011.
There are many independent publications supporting the teaching of PSHE in schools in the UK:
- Circles, PSHE and Citizenship in Secondary Schools by Marilyn Tew, Hilary Potter and Mary Read
- PSHE and Citizenship by Hilary Mason
- The PSHE Co-Ordinator's Handbook by Colin Noble, Graham Hofmann
 See also
- BBC PSHE & Citizenship
- QCA Review of PSHE 04/05
- PSHE Association Subject association for professionals working in PSHE education.
- circle-time.co.uk Training and advice for effective use of Circle Time
- PSHE Book Publishers
- The Austrian-Hungarian Europe School in Budapest
- European Civic Education Foundation, German only
- PSHE resources for schools All Resources