PSE encompasses everything that a school or college does to support and promote the personal and social development and well-being of its learners. This includes all the planned opportunities which are features of the ethos and community life of the school or college.
The following suggestions are tried and tested learning experiences that promote the personal and social development and well-being of learners.
- Learner involvement in consultation and decision-making processes through school, year and class councils, Eco-School committees, tobacco action groups (TAGs) etc.
- Learner involvement with the Governing Body as associate student governors in secondary schools. Find out more at School Council Wales (external link)
- Debates, European Youth Parliament events and model United Nations conferences.
- Integrating the All Wales Schools Liaison (Police) Core Programme into the planned PSE provision.
- Establishing peer education programmes, e.g. older students act as peer mentors to support better reading schemes with younger learners.
- Youth-led charity fund raising activities in which learners plan, make decisions, and take responsibility.
- Educational trips such as visits to the National Assembly for Wales Education Centre, Cardiff Bay.
- Local Democracy Week, held every October, provides opportunities for learners to participate in active citizenship events. Find out more at Local Democracy Week (external link)
- The Y Vote Mock Elections project aims to actively engage learners with the electoral process in the run up to the local and general elections. Young people learn about political, social and moral issues by standing as party candidates, speech writers and canvassers in a mock election. Find out more at Y Vote Mock Elections (external link)
- Use resources from the Electoral Commission to raise awareness of the democratic process. Find out more at Do Politics Centre (external link)
- Researching possible opportunities for community participation and taking part in volunteering activities such as:
- helping to develop and maintain the school/college website
- providing support for transition visits by Year 6 learners
- working with other learners to plan and lead community projects
- assisting with out of school hours activities.