Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Third-year primary education students certificated as Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) teachers

Monday, 23 February 2015


16 Primary Education students following the Year 3 Health and Wellbeing pathway have been awarded the ‘Chartered Teacher of PSHE’ certificate after successfully completing the PSHE Association’s Chartered Teacher Programme, a course that has been developed to give student teachers comprehensive training in PSHE teaching.

Showing commitment to well-delivered PSHE education, this is a result of their hard work throughout the Health and Wellbeing pathway and other parts of their course throughout the 3 years.

The nationwide Chartered Teacher Programme offers practicing classroom teachers the opportunity to gain recognition for their PSHE education teaching and practice. The programme identifies effective practice and encourages the raising of standards in PSHE education.

The third-year Primary Education students were presented with relevant Department for Education and Ofsted guidance on PSHE. Throughout their degree, trainee teachers apply the guidance to their teaching and understand how to integrate the ten principles of effective PSHE.

Carolyn Murphy, Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Health and Wellbeing, said:

​The students following this pathway now have a solid grounding in all aspects of young people's social, moral, cultural and spiritual development as well as their physical and mental wellbeing.  They understand how to integrate these concepts into their teaching across the whole curriculum​ and beyond helping the young people to be successful, confident, contributing and responsible young people.
Flora Corbett, one of the newly certified trainee teachers, said:
This pathway has been crucial for my development as a teacher. PSHE often gets lost in the curriculum and therefore it is so important that future teachers develop an enthusiasm for this subject. I have developed a passion for encouraging children to lead healthy active lifestyles. This ‘hands on’ approach helps us to see first-hand how to teach and encourage children to be active in an age which is dominated by sitting indoors with technology. We are now a team of people who are ready and confident to become a team of passionate teachers and leaders.