PSHE stands for Personal, Social, Health and Economic education. It’s a school curriculum subject in the UK that focuses on preparing young people for life and work. PSHE isn’t a statutory subject in primary schools. This is to allow teachers the flexibility to adapt the lessons based on the needs of their own students. Regardless of its non-statutory state, it is considered a very important and necessary part of every child's education.
There are three core themes of primary school PSHE: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world.
As mentioned above, the subject is divided into three areas. Each one of them focuses on a different important aspect of every young person's life.
The only part of the course a parent can withdraw their child from is sex education. Some parts of the sex education course however are mandatory like learning about puberty. The reason to allow parents to make this decision is because the DfE believes that parents have the right to teach their own child about sex in any way they see fit. However, a parent cannot pull out their child entirely from the relationships management course or PSHE as a whole.
Although PSHE classes certainly help, preparing your child for the real world, how to manage emotions, relationships, money etc will take time. It’s a learning process that requires time and repetition to learn. In order to speed the process up, you can integrate parts of what they are taught into their everyday lives.
Even basic activities can help your child learn. Something as simple as organising regular board game nights can teach them how important teamwork is and how to patiently wait for everyone's turn. Watching educational movies can also be fun and educational at the same time. Pick interesting documentaries or other types of media that will start conversations around important topics concerning the world we live in.
Giving plenty of encouragement and praise helps kids build up their self esteem. Furthermore, when they do something wrong instead of directly punishing them, discuss it and let them reflect and express their own opinion.