The government’s review of PSHE education – measuring well-being can help schools to improve

Everyone agrees that ensuring the well-being of pupils is a vital part of what schools do.

One element of this is the teaching of personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education – something that the Government is in the process of reviewing at the moment. Already it has indicated that, as a whole, it will not be a statutory subject in the National Curriculum – although there may be elements that it will require schools to teach.

The Government’s consultation document is available here and it is inviting views.

Two of the questions in the consultation refer to measuring the effectiveness of what schools do, an area where NPC’s Well-being Measure can offer our input. They are:

Question 9. Have you got any examples of good practice in assessing and tracking pupils’ progress in PSHE education?

Question 10. How might schools define and account for PSHE education’s outcomes to pupils, parents and local people?

We think that better measurement of well-being outcomes can play a role in improving what schools do – so we’ll be submitting our views. The consultation is open until 30 November 2011.


About John Copps

John is part of NPC's research and consulting team and is the founder of NPC's Well-being Measure, a social business that provides an online tool to measure young people’s well-being. He has eight years experience of research and consulting, and is passionate about how data can be used to improve the performance of organisations. John is a regular contributor to NPC's blog and has also contributed to pieces for BBC Radio, the Guardian, and the Financial Times. John is a governor of a secondary school.
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