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

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

By: Jenny Barksfield (author), Jenny McWhirter (author), Nick Boddington (author)Paperback

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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

About Author

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. 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.


Introduction Part 1 Understanding adolescent development Theory, evidence and practical approaches to effective teaching and learning in PSHE education The organisation of PSHE education in the curriculum Starting 'where young people are': planning learning in PSHE education Assessment learning in PSHE education Part 2 Understanding risk during adolescence Understanding the role of PSHE in promoting mental health and emotional wellbeing Understanding drug education within PSHE education Understanding relationships and sex education (RSE) within PSHE education Economic wellbeing and PSHE education Part 3 PSHE education and school policy matters Understanding the relationship between PSHE education, pastoral care and therapeutic interventions Selecting PSHE education teaching material and resources and the effective use of visitors to the classroom Part 4 Appendix 1: Using story, `case studies' and timeline 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

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  • ISBN13: 9781473913639
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 336
  • ID: 9781473913639
  • weight: 580
  • ISBN10: 1473913632

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