Personal and Social Education

Personal and Social Education (PSE) forms part of the basic curriculum in all schools in Wales.  PSE enables children and young people to develop a sense of self-worth and interact effectively with others.  

Click on a topic below to find resources and contacts that can help schools deliver coordinated PSE lessons.

Please note that the list is not exhaustive, and it is up to each school to check the content, quality and effectiveness of the resources or the provider coming to deliver sessions in a school.

Active citizenship

School Council / pupil voice

School councils are statutory in all schools with pupils age 7+. Pupil voice is an increasingly important part of school life for all pupils. The pupil voice Wales website provides a range of resources and activities to engage your school council and to help improve pupil voice in your school. 

Targeted group

Primary, secondary and special schools  

Contact details 

Find out how to contact Pupil Voice Wales

National Assembly for Wales

The National Assembly for Wales provide information and resources to help schools teach about the Assembly. Visits to the Senedd can also be organised.

Find out more at yourassembley.org

Targeted group

Primary and secondary age 

Contact details 

Find out how to contact the National Assembly for Wales

Children’s Commissioner for Wales

The Children’s Commissioner spends a lot of her time visiting children and young people across the country to let them know what she does as their Commissioner and to share information about the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

If you would like to invite the Commissioner or one of her Participation Officers to your school or to take part in an event you’re planning you can make a request

Targeted group

Primary and secondary age

Contact details 

Find out how to contact the Children's Commissioner for Wales

Eco Schools – Eco Council

The Eco-Schools programme from Keep Wales Tidy inspires and empowers pupils to be leaders of change in their schools and widens learning beyond the classroom to develop responsible attitudes and commitment, both at home and in the wider community. 

Targeted group

Primary, secondary and special schools 

Contact details 

Find out how to contact Keep Wales Tidy

Fairtrade Schools Award

The Fairtrade Schools Award is about learning, fun and action. It involves the whole school community and puts young people at the centre of the activities.

Find out how to become a Fairtrade school

Targeted group

Primary, secondary, special schools 

Contact details 

Find out how to contact Fair Trade Wales

Super Ambassadors 

The Children’s Commissioner for Wales’ Super Ambassador scheme is an initiative that empowers pupils to become the Commissioner’s Ambassadors within their schools. Two pupils, elected by their peers, take a lead role in promoting the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the role of the Children’s Commissioner.

Targeted group

Primary and special schools 

Contact details 

Find out how to contact Super Ambassadors

Young Ambassadors (sports)

The Sports Ambassador programme aims to empower and inspire young people to become leaders through sport, to help encourage their inactive peers to become hooked on sport.

Targeted group

Primary, secondary, special schools  

Contact details 

Find out more about the young ambassadors programme and who to contact

Junior Road Safety Officers

Junior Road Safety Officers help their county Road Safety Officer to promote road safety issues within the school and the local community.  Each primary school is encouraged to appoint two JRSOs from Year 6 and two deputy JRSOs from Year 5.

Targeted group

Primary schools 

Contact details 

Alan.hinchliffe@denbighshire.gov.uk

Emotional wellbeing

Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL)

These primary school resources offer a whole school approach for the development of social and emotional skills and to promote positive behaviour.

Get SEAL resources for primary schools

Get SEAL resources for secondary schools

Targeted group

Primary and secondary age 

Contact details 

Find out how to contact Learning Wales

Circletime

Circletime is a very effective way of delivering PSE across all groups. A range of resources are available at cost from Jenny Mosely. However, local advice or training can be provided by the Educational Psychology or Behaviour Support Team.  

Targeted group

Primary and secondary age 

Contact details 

Find out how to contact Circletime

Developing Emotional Awareness and Listening (DEAL) 

DEAL is a teaching resource that has been developed by Samaritans in consultation with young people and schools across the UK and Ireland.

Find out more about the Samaritans' DEAL teaching resources

Targeted group

Age 14+

Contact details 

Find out how to contact the Samaritans 

Sense – growing up and keeping safe

'Sense, Growing Up and Keeping Safe’ is a CD ROM that follows a group of characters through different situations and scenarios. It is divided into five sections. These are:

  • being healthy
  • staying safe
  • enjoying and achieving
  • making a positive contribution
  • economic and social well-being.

Targeted group

Key stage 2 age 

Contact details 

Please email paula.roberts@denbighshire.gov.uk for more information.

DOVE Body Talk 

Body confidence workshops.  The Dove Self-Esteem Project works to help young people build self-esteem, raise body confidence, and achieve their full potential. Someone can come in to school to deliver sessions free of charge. 

Find out more and how to book a body confidence workshop

Targeted group

11 – 14 years old 

Contact details 

Please email doveselfesteem@edcoms.co.uk for more information.

Food and nutrition

Tesco Farm to Fork

Experiences for children at a Tesco store or supplier.  Also a wide range of classroom teaching resources and videos about food and healthy eating.

Find out more at eathappyproject.com

Targeted group

Primary age   

Contact details 

Find out how to contact the Eat Happy Project team

Food a  Fact of Life 

Food a Fact of Life have resources about healthy eating, cooking, food and farming for children and young people in school.

The resources are progressive, stimulate learning and support the curriculum throughout the UK. All resources are designed to ensure that consistent and up-to-date messages are delivered.  

Targeted group

Primary and secondary age  

Contact details 

Find out how to contact Food a fact of Life

Wrexham Football club 

Wrexham FC can provide after-school football clubs, soccer schools, PE lessons, variety of education through football programs which cover numeracy, literacy and health and wellbeing.

There is a cost for this resource.

Targeted group

Primary and secondary age 

Contact details 

Find contact details on the Racecourse Community Foundation website

Eatwell Guide 

The Change4Life in Wales Eatwell guide shows the different types of food we should eat – and in what proportions to have a healthy balanced diet. The Guide applies to most people regardless of weight and dietary restrictions. 

Download the Eatwell guide

Targeted group

Primary, secondary, special schools  

Contact details 

Find out how to contact Change4Life

Hygiene

Clean hand and glow bug

All Denbighshire schools have received a ‘Glow Bug’.  This is an UV lightbox which helps teachers show children how well or how badly they wash their hands.  The resource can also be used to show how germs can be spread. 

Targeted group

Primary, secondary and special schools 

Contact details 

Please email paula.roberts@denbighshire.gov.uk for more information.

e-Bug

e-Bug provides resources to teach about micro-organisms, the spread, prevention and treatment of infection. The e-Bug teachers website has:

  • detailed lesson plans that complement the national curriculum
  • worksheets
  • animations
  • activity demonstrations
  • PowerPoint presentations. 

The e-Bug student webpages provide online games, revision pages and lots more to continue the learning experience at home.

Targeted group

Primary and secondary age

Contact details 

Find out how to contact e-Bug

Preparing for lifelong learning

Barclays LifeSkills 

LifeSkills, created with Barclays is a free, curriculum linked programme, developed with teachers to help improve the skills and employability of young people.

Volunteers from the Barclays Bank Team can visit your school and bring LifeSkills to life with interactive lessons featuring real-world examples.

Targeted group

Secondary

Contact details 

Find out how to contact Barclays Life Skills

Safety

Police Liaison / School Beat 

Police Liaison Officers are allocated to each school and are available to deliver a range of lessons relating to safety and substances. 

Find out more at SchoolBeat.org

Targeted group

Primary and secondary age 

Contact details 

Find out how to contact SchoolBeat

NSPCC Schools Service 

The NSPCC Schools Service (formerly ChildLine Schools Service) uses specially trained volunteers to talk to primary school children about abuse in a sensitive and age appropriate way.  Sessions are delivered to all Denbighshire schools on a two year rolling programme.

Find out more on the NSPCC website

Targeted group

Primary age

Contact details 

Please email Rebecca.allen@nspcc.org.uk for more information

NSPCC Pants Campaign – The Underwear Rule 

The NSPCC provides resources for child safety lessons about what is public and private.  

Find out more on the  NSPCC website.

Targeted group

Primary age

Contact details 

Find out how to contact the NSPCC

NSPCC Share Aware 

NSPCC Share Aware provide lesson plans and classroom guidance about staying safe online. 

Find out more on the NSPCC website

Targeted group

Primary age  

Contact details 

Find out how to contact the NSPCC

St John Young Life Savers programme

This Young Life Savers Programme provides engaging teaching resources and information where first aid fits into the National Curriculum.

Find out more about the Young Life Savers Programme

Targeted group

Age 7 – 16

Contact details 

Find out how to contact St John Cymru Wales

Think U Know 

Think U Know, from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP), provide resources for teaching children about keeping safe online.  

Find out more on the Think U Know website

Targeted group

Primary and secondary

Contact details 

Find out how to contact the CEOP

Powerwise

Powerwise is an educational website from Scottish Power.  It teaches children and young adults all about electricity and how to stay safe around it - inside and outside the home.  

Find out more on the Powerwise website

Targeted group

Primary, secondary age 

Contact details 

Find out how to contact Powerwise

DangerPoint

DangerPoint is an award winning interactive education centre in North Wales.  It offers opportunity to learn about safety with fun and interactive activities. Designed like a film set, children journey from the home to the beach, countryside, playground, farm & other settings. 

Find out more on the DangerPoint website

Targeted group

Primary, secondary, special schools 

Contact details 

Find out how to contact DangerPoint

Sense – growing up and keeping safe 

The sense CD is in every Denbighshire school. Growing Up and Keeping Safe’ follows a group of characters through different situations and scenarios. It is divided into five sections and one of the sections is ‘being safe’.   

Targeted group

Primary age 

Contact details 

Please email paula.roberts@denbighshire.gov.uk for more information.

Fire safety talk

Community Safety Educationalists visit every Primary and Secondary School in North Wales to educate children about fire safety.

Targeted group

Primary and Secondary schools

Contact details 

Please email either of the following for more information

Crucial Crew

Crucial Crew is an educational scheme aimed at year 7 pupils throughout North Wales.  It is a multi-agency approach that aims to teach the pupils how to stay safe in various dangerous situations. These agencies include the Fire and Rescue Service, Police, Woman's Aid, Red Cross, Road Safety, Coastguard and British Transport Police. The groups of pupils rotate from one agency to another, spending about 20-25 minutes listening to that

Targeted group

Secondary schools

Contact details 

Gwawr Williams
01745 535 250 
gwawr.williams@gwastan-gogcymru.org.uk 

Ambulance 

A local paramedic is available to visit schools with his ambulance to talk about personal safety.

Targeted group

Primary and secondary age 

Contact details 

Rhyl Ambulance Station: 01633 471332

Sex and relationship education

Sense – growing up and keeping safe

The sense CD is in every Denbighshire school. Growing Up and Keeping Safe’ follows a group of characters through different situations and scenarios. It is divided into five sections. The section on being healthy includes puberty, conception and personal hygiene and can be used alongside the Tyfu I Fyny resource.

Targeted group

 Key stage 2 age  

Contact details 

Please email paula.roberts@denbighshire.gov.uk for more information.

Tyfy I Fyny

Tyfu I Fyny is an online interactive resource that is available to download via Paula Roberts.  It works well alongside the Sense CD. It includes a range of lessons for all primary school year groups which covers inappropriate and appropriate touching, body part names, puberty, conception, pregnancy and birth. 

Targeted group

Primary age 

Contact details 

Please email paula.roberts@denbighshire.gov.uk for more information.

School Nurse

The school nurse is available to deliver lessons relating to sexual health. 

Targeted group

Secondary 

Contact details 

Please contact your school nurse.

Spectrum

These sessions are delivered by a qualified teacher, and promote the importance of healthy relationships and raise the awareness of children, young people and adults about the issues of domestic abuse, sexual violence and gender based violence/gender stereotypes

Targeted group

Primary and secondary age 

Contact details 

Sian Griffiths 
07725 255412 
Sian.griffith@hafancymru.co.uk

Viva

Viva delivers workshops or individual/group support for students around the topics of sexual orientation and gender identity. VIVA can also deliver staff training. 

Targeted group

Secondary 

Contact details 

Gareth Davies 
01745 357 941 
gareth@vivalgbt.co.uk

Smoking

Tobacco education boxes 

Tobacco education boxes contain a range of visual resources such as a jar of tar, jar of phlegm, smoker’s foul mouth and more. There are boxes available for short term loan for primary schools and boxes are available in all secondary schools from the school nurse. 

Targeted group

Primary, secondary and special schools

Contact details

Please email paula.roberts@denbighshire.gov.uk for more information.

Keys to Smoking

Keys to smoking provides a book and CD which includes ten key sessions covering aspects of knowledge and understanding, attitudes and skills development with activities utilising a variety of learning styles. It also includes;

  • What is in tobacco smoke
  • How does smoking affect the body
  • What are the wider effects of smoking
  • What are the advantages of being smoke-free
  • How can you help others to be smoke-free. 

Targeted group

Primary age 

Contact details

Please email paula.roberts@denbighshire.gov.uk for more information.

Substance Use and Misuse Toolkit  

This online resource provides a range of lesson plans and classroom & teaching resources to support the delivery of Substance Use and Misuse Education from foundation years through to year 6. Includes smoke free resources. 

Log in or register to download the resources.

Targeted group

Primary age 

Contact details

Find out how to contact the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes

Up in Smoke

Up in Smoke is a book that contains ten easy to follow tried and tested interactive sessions using a variety of teaching and learning styles. The emphasis of the resource is on the benefits of being smoke free.  Sessions include:

  • What do you already know about smoking?
  • The effects
  • Passive smoking
  • Does it cost the earth
  • Advertising
  • Women and smoking
  • Helping someone to stop

Targeted group

Secondary age 

Contact details

Please email paula.roberts@denbighshire.gov.uk for more information.

Substance misuse

Alcohol education boxes 

Alcohol education box which contains a range of visual resources.  Available in all secondary and special schools with the school nurse. 

Targeted group

Secondary and special schools

Contact details 

Please email paula.roberts@denbighshire.gov.uk for more information.

Substance Use and Misuse Toolkit  

This online resource provides a range of lesson plans and classroom & teaching resources to support the delivery of Substance Use and Misuse Education from foundation years through to year 6. 

Log in or register to download the resources.

Targeted group

Primary age 

Contact details 

Find out how to contact the Welsh Network of Healthy School Schemes

Don’t Touch Tell 

Don’t Touch – Tell! promotes ‘keep safe’ messages with regards to drugs and alcohol awareness.  The show is delivered by puppeteers.  The sessions are funded for all primary schools in North Wales. 

Targeted group

Primary schools 

Contact details 

Find out how to contact Cais

Police Liaison / School Beat 

Police Liaison Officers are allocated to each school and are available to deliver a range of lessons relating to safety and substances. 

Find out more at SchoolBeat.org

Targeted group

Primary and secondary age 

Contact details 

Find out how to contact SchoolBeat

Choose Life 

Choose Life explain the effect that taking drugs can have on your life.  Hard hitting real life stories, drama, question and answers, and workshops.  This has been funded for all secondary schools in Denbighshire.

Targeted group

Secondary age 

Contact details 

Find out how to contact Choose Life

Barnardo’s – Substance Misuse Service for Young People

Barnardo’s provide a substance misuse support service for young people in Denbighshire.  They can also work with secondary schools to develop tailored programmes about substances for students, for example for those at higher risk, alcohol and risky sexual behaviour.  They can also deliver staff training or assemblies; unfortunately they cannot deliver class lessons. 

Targeted group

Secondary and special schools 

Contact details 

Find out how to contact Barnardo's

Sustainable development and global citizenship

Fairtrade Wales

Fair Trade Wales provide a range of resources that help to develop understanding of how global trade works, the challenges faced by producers and the ways people are trying to bring about change.  

Find out more on the Fair Trade Wales website

Targeted group

Primary and secondary age

Contact details 

Find out how to contact Fair Trade Wales

Oxfam 

Oxfam Education offers a large range of ideas, resources and support for developing global learning in the classroom and the whole school. All of the resources support Education for Global Citizenship.

Targeted group

Primary and secondary age 

Contact details 

Find out how to contact Oxfam

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)

Learning about the natural world outside the classroom gives children an experience they’ll remember, and a chance to try new and exciting things. The visitor centre in Conwy provides a variety of activities that complement the National Curriculum for Wales.

Targeted group

Primary and secondary age 

Contact details 

Find out how to contact the RSPB

Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water Education - Alwen

Lessons delivered by qualified teachers, linked to the National Curriculum.  Topics include water cycle, water efficiency, mini beast safari, trees and eco system and more. 

Find out more on the living and learning with water website

Targeted group

Primary age and year 7 

Contact details 

Find out how to contact Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water Education

Size of Wales 

Size of Wales offers free assemblies and workshops to schools across Wales. Their aim is to raise awareness of the issue of deforestation and to empower young people to get involved in taking action against it.

Targeted group

Primary and secondary age 

Contact details 

Find out how to contact Size of Wales

Council for Education in World Citizenship (CEWC)

CEWC deliver classroom sessions for all ages, helping pupils to understand global issues and develop as active citizens. Workshops or talks can include:

  • human rights / children’s right
  • the work of the United Nations
  • sustainable development
  • democratic participation
  • global citizenship
  • refugees and asylum seekers
  • or other topics of your choice. 

Targeted group

Primary and secondary age 

Contact details 

Find out how to contact CEWC