Renfrewshire Council

Pupils at a Personal and Social Education consultation event

Improving health and wellbeing for pupils through PSE

Consulting with children and young people on Personal and Social Education (PSE).

We all know that a key priority of the work we do in Children's Services is to reduce inequalities and delivery improved health and wellbeing outcomes for children and young people in Renfrewshire.

A significant part of the Health and Wellbeing (HWB) curriculum is taught through HWB/PSE classes that prepares learners for learning, life and work in the 21st century. As such, and in response to the national thematic inspection, we have consulted with 387 children and young people from 24 primary schools and 5 secondary schools across the area.

We are using the knowledge gain through these consultation and appreciation of the learning experience in HWB/PSE, as well as feedback from staff, to co-design a framework for PSE that is current and meaningful to young people in Renfrewshire. 

The consultation process was conducted in collaboration with youth services and Renfrewshire Youth Voice, who were specifically involved in the successful training of peer leaders and consultations within the secondary sector. Some comments from the young people who took part in the consultations include:

  • "I thought it was really good and really helpful.  It completely changed my thoughts on PSE."
  • "Today has taught me what PSE actually is and I think the lesson went well."
  • "I learned that I can make change in PSE."
  • "I would like to make PSE more interactive and useful to our age."
  • "I will take away from today the idea that we can change how and what we learn in school."


Gillian O'Hare

Health and Wellbeing Development Officer

Published on Friday 7 February 2020.

Pictured: Pupils at a Personal and Social Education consultation event.