Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education has in various forms been part of the national curriculum for schools in England since 2000. The club has been assisting schools with resources and training to carry out effective PSHE programmes.
As the challenges facing children and young people have grown in complexity so the range of topics covered by the PSHE syllabus has widened to include such topics as emotional literacy, sex and relationships, resisting peer pressure, violence and gang culture.
Life Skills is taught as part of the PSHE curriculum, which is divided into three stages:
- Early years Foundation Stage (3 to 5 years) for nursery groups and reception classes
- Primary Curriculum for children aged 5 to 11 years
- Secondary Curriculum for children and young adults aged 11 to 16+
The 3 to 5 year olds are only taught about personal, social and emotional development. At the primary stage elements of good citizenship and social responsibility are included. At secondary stage economic well-being and financial capability are included.