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PSHE Grids Now Available

posted 16 Sep 2014, 07:49 by Daniel O'Brien   [ updated 14 Jan 2020, 02:41 ]
We have a new website for SMSC GridMaker which includes a new support section.

If you're from a primary, secondary or special school - and your interested in using a Grid to capture or audit your SMSC and British values - please click through to the new website.

Did you know that your SMSC Grid can also be used to map and track the delivery of PSHE?. Not only that, but our dedicated support staff are available to add pre-configured PSHE grids to your account at no extra charge.

Yes, many primary and secondary schools are now using GridMaker to cross-reference activities against SMSC and PSHE - all in one go. It makes perfect sense - and only takes a few extra seconds. See how simple it is in the video clip below...

It’s interesting to consider the future of PSHE post September 2014 and how this relates to your school’s use of the Grid. Firstly, the DfE's framework document explains that while PSHE is not part of the National Curriculum: “All schools should make provision for PSHE, drawing on good practice.” Also, guidance from the PSHE Association explains that, while PSHE remains a non-statutory subject, it is a means to fulfil the statutory duties on schools. Finally, earlier this year, the education select committee at the House of Commons announced an inquiry into PSHE - and yes,  one of the things they’re considering is whether to make PSHE a statutory subject. So, we can presume that PSHE is here to stay - and that your school will be delivering it in one shape or another. Whether your school chooses to deliver PSHE as a stand-alone subject, or embed it across the curriculum - the Grid can be used as simple way of demonstrating coverage.

You might be wondering which PSHE criteria schools are using in their grids. Well, many schools are turning to the PSHE Association’s programme of study for KS1-4. As there’s no programme of study from the DfE, they have produced a programme based on three core themes:

  • Health and wellbeing

  • Relationships

  • Living in the wider world

As you may have noticed from the video clip above - we’ve used the detail from this programme as the criteria. However, as the Grid is completely customizable - we can help you add bespoke criteria tailored to your school. (This association’s programme of study is “intended to support schools in developing their own PSHE education programmes and should be used flexibly according to pupils’ prior learning, experience, needs and readiness.”)