If there’s going to be a subject that you don’t have to do …’ Findings from a mapping study of PSHE education in English secondary schools

FORMBY, Eleanor and WOLSTENHOLME, Claire (2012). If there’s going to be a subject that you don’t have to do …’ Findings from a mapping study of PSHE education in English secondary schools. Pastoral care in education: an international journal of personal, social and emotional development, 30 (1), 5-18.

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    Abstract

    This article discusses some key findings about secondary schools from a mapping study of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education in England. The secondary school elements of the study combined a nationally representative survey of 617 secondary schools with follow-up in-depth case studies in five of these schools. These case studies involved interviews and discussion groups with pupils, parents and key school staff members, as well as governors and school improvement partners, and local authority support staff. Results reported here relate to the models and methods of delivery; frequency and curriculum coverage; the purpose and value of schooling, and PSHE education, and issues about staffing, expertise and credibility. Where appropriate, comparisons are made with primary schools. In doing so, the article raises issues about the diminished status and priority of PSHE education in secondary as compared with primary schools, and how this may stem from the ways in which schools do/do not value the subject, and its relationship to broader attainment and education policy contexts.

    Item Type: Article
    Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Education and Inclusion Research
    Identification Number: 10.1080/02643944.2011.651227
    Depositing User: Helen Garner
    Date Deposited: 09 Mar 2012 14:08
    Last Modified: 01 Apr 2013 01:18
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4916

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