It’s PSHE!

Somewhat shocked to discover that “PSHE lessons improve pupils’ grades”. Closer investigation reveals research carried out on behalf of ‘PSHE Association’ so reflect that findings perhaps not so surprising given this context. Indeed, further reading of article appears to show that the “review of 1200 studies” (detailed definition of “study” not given) found academic results improved by implementing teaching aimed at “helping pupils to become healthier, more confident and more willing to take risks”. Admit to rolling eyes at this point in article and fight temptation to employ time-honoured phrase much beloved of Heads’ PA: “No shit Sherlock”.

Further hilarity ensues in precis of ‘Outcomes’ where, under the heading of ‘Physical health and emotional wellbeing’ statement is made that: “This had a positive impact on academic attainment, “by enhancing the physical and mental health of students”.” Relieved to discover that teaching about subject results in students learning about subject, but wonder too if quality of teaching may have been key factor in this rather than compartmentalising of subject within wooly umbrella of PSHE.

Willing to concede that personal cynicism at This Time Of Term may be colouring personal views on matter but at very least research puts my perviously confused mind at rest as to whether it is PSHE or PHSE. Until I forget again.

Belgian Whistles

Another email from the Head this morning in which various proposals are ‘muted’. Fight urge to respond immediately with message saying ‘I wish!’ but wonder if joke will be 1. understood and 2. appreciated. Suspect at This Time Of Term the answer would be neither so sensibly Hold Myself In Check.

Obviously this is time of year for wilful misunderstanding of the English language as The Twitter shares a story of reference to ‘Belgian Whistles’ in place of, well, if you cannot guess then it is a mute point really. Sorely tempted to create stock email response of “Belgian Whistles” for whenever someone sends message using incorrect terminology.