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According to the PSHE Association , PSHE education is “a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives.”  Broadcast material can provide some extremely helpful resources to support teaching of this subject.


Whilst for now PSHE remains a non-statutory subject on the National Curriculum, a recent Commons Education Committee Report supported PSHE Association’s call for the subject “to be at the heart of an education system which prepares children for a changing world”.  The “Life Lessons Report”, published on 27 February 2015 and sent to the DFE for consideration, recommends that PSHE be made a statutory curriculum subject in primary and secondary schools.  Re-instatement of funding for ongoing professional development for PSHE teachers was also called for, whilst protections for parents were maintained:  schools would be required to consult with parents and parents would still have the right to remove their children from lessons.

Schools are currently able to devise their own programmes of study across the key stages but the PSHE Association has developed an advised programme of study.


This is divided into 3 areas:

1. Health and Wellbeing

2. Relationships

2. Living in a wider world


Listed below are a selection of recent broadcasts or online documentaries which could be used to support delivery of lessons under these headings.


Stop Cutting Our Girls – A Comic Relief Special BBC3 11/3, 10pm (KS4 and older)

Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat) leads a hard-hitting investigation to uncover the truth about FGM in the UK and abroad, meeting courageous women fighting to end the practice along the way.


My Life CBBC episodes and clips available on www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/my-life (KS2-3)

Award winning documentary series of 9 films featuring “incredible children with fascinating stories”, including

My Life: I Am Leo. 13 year old Leo tells exactly what it’s like to be transgender in an attempt to ensure that other young people don’t face the same prejudices and hostilities as he has done since he made his decision.

My Life: Granddad And Me –  three children are given their own cameras to record personal moments with their grandparents, who all have dementia.


Underage And Gay, Channel 4 11 March, 11pm (KS3/4 and older)


In their own words, five teenagers describe what it’s like to underage and gay.


Free Speech new series starting 12 March BBC3, 8pm

Aimed at a young audience and incorporating interaction via social media, this live debate and discussion show is broadcast from across the UK. In the first of four live shows, Ed Miliband faces an audience of over 100 voters aged 16 to 34 for an unscripted hour of tough and uncensored questions.


For further resources, The BBC Bitesize website has a broad range of PSHE and Citizenship  class clips across all key stages.