Primary models of delivery
PSE is delivered successfully in a number of ways in primary settings. This page highlights some of the matters that schools need to consider when deciding which model(s) best fits their particular needs. A coordinated, coherent PSE programme in primary settings makes efficient use of all of the following methods:
Model 1: PSE delivered as an integrated element across a wide range of curriculum subject areas
- Puts PSE in the context of learning as a whole.
- Makes the relevance of individual subjects clearer to learners.
- More difficult to achieve consistency of approach.
- Lack of specialist knowledge for some topics.
- Need to keep class teachers up to date regarding resources.
- Need to maintain liaison with class teachers regarding training needs through regular monitoring and evaluation.
Model 2: PSE delivered in discrete sessions
- Status of PSE is enhanced with learners.
- Clear focus and context for learning.
- Planning, progression and evaluation are straightforward.
- Easier to plan inputs by external organisations.
- Some teachers may lack the confidence to deal with sensitive issues.
- Timetabling constraints.
- Training needs of class teachers.
- Management support to ensure adequate time is provided.
Model 3: PSE delivered in focused activities
- Enhances profile of PSE.
- Reinforces classroom based learning.
- Links learning to ‘real life’ situations.
- Generates a shared sense of purpose.
- Require a significant amount of planning.
- May not be able to guarantee delivery year on year.
- May not be perceived by learners as being part of the curriculum.
- What extra value do focused activities add to curricular learning.
- How to achieve continuity of learning experiences.