Health & Wellbeing (PSHE)

Promoting the wellbeing and learning of all our learners is one of the core purposes of Education and Skills. We have a team that works in partnership with schools and educational settings to promote high quality inclusive provision that meets statutory and non-statutory duties.

An effective PSHE programme for school supports the health and wellbeing of learners by developing their knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. Aspects can include: emotional and mental health, drugs, alcohol and tobacco education, growing up and body changes, healthy relationships and sex education, difference and diversity, risk taking behaviours, citizenship, financial education, careers and online safety.

A whole school approach to health and wellbeing helps children and young people to develop the qualities and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. It helps builds their confidence, resilience and self esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Develop an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others which will help learners to form and maintain positive relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives (adapted from the PSHE association).

All schools have the statutory responsibility to:

  • provide a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based

  • promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical developments of pupils at the school and of society

  • prepare pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experience of later life

  • fulfil the public duty under the Equality Act 2010

  • ensure pupils are taught about safeguarding, including online through teaching and learning opportunities

In North Yorkshire we can provide an extensive programme of training, networks, bespoke consultancy, reviews and guidance for Governors, Senior Leaders, Subject leads, teachers and support staff to cover all aspects of health and wellbeing and PSHE. For more information please contact North Yorkshire Education Services or contact Clare Barrowman, Health and Wellbeing Adviser at, Tel: 01609 536808

We have updated the North Yorkshire Healthy Schools Award which schools will be able to access from October 2019. We are running a series of training around the County in the Autumn term 2019. The award will focus on the areas of PSHE, Emotional Wellbeing, Active lifestyles, Food in Schools and Staff Wellbeing. Schools will be able to achieve the award at bronze, silver and gold as they work through the different themes.   For more information please email


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