Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) and citizenship

Our work in PSHE and citizenship supports children and young people as they develop a healthy, responsible and positive outlook on life and the society in which they live.

NFER’s health education team has conducted a number of important studies in recent years, evaluating health education programmes and pilot schemes. These include evaluations of the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme, the Food for Life Partnership Programme, the National Healthy Schools Programme and surveys of smoking, drinking and drug use. Other projects encompass the Alcohol Education Trust’s resources for secondary school pupils and Defra’s research into food growing activities in schools.

Citizenship has for a long time been an important strand of NFER’s work. We conducted CELS (Citizenship Education Longitudinal Study), a unique ten-year longitudinal study of citizenship education which is still continuing. Our international portfolio includes active citizenship in the European Union and the 2009 International Civics and Citizenship Education Study (ICCS).

In the important drive to enhance social integration and cohesion, our track record includes evaluations of the Schools Linking Network and of the Global Schools Partnership Programme.