Young Healthwatch Northamptonshire designed a survey that was shared throughout the county’s schools, youth clubs and other youth services to find out young people’s experiences of PSHE lessons. The survey covered how useful the lessons were, the topics that had been taught and what they wanted to learn more about.
We collected the views of 823 people aged 13 to 15 between May and October 2019 through the survey. We also held four focus groups with 100 young people across Northamptonshire.
We found that young people preferred to have PSHE delivered through designated lessons on their timetables, liked interaction and group work and wanted lessons to have up to date and relevant content. Many wanted to learn more about topics that will prepare them for adult life, such as money and finances.
The focus groups highlighted relationships, health, sex education, and safety as important parts of the PSHE curriculum.
Young people were fairly satisfied with their PSHE lessons, with over half rating their usefulness as four or five out of five, and only one-fifth giving a rating below three out of five.