Kate Daniels. BSc Hons. QTS. Director of PSHE education
Why do I do what I do?
Why would a lady, with a sensible, secure, well paid job decide to set up her own business in a subject the education sector does not appear to value?
Well, about a decade ago I heard about this subject called PSHE so I investigated and really liked what I saw - Finally a chance for children to get to learn some skills for real life! Perfect…I’m in! But on investigation it was not possible to teach as a stand-alone subject. Well, ever the optimist I decided to become a qualified teacher and when PSHE did get the full recognition it deserved I would become a PSHE teacher. Alas, ten years later and still, sadly this is was not the case.
No opportunity to learn is ever wasted though and in those 10 years I learnt so much - every working day I taught children. Been there for their arguments, their happiness, their worries and all of the highs and lows that life throws us all from time to time. I felt the strains of a target driven education system, the demands on schools, teachers and children.
I took PSHE under my belt, pushed it forward, encouraged and supported colleagues, took every available opportunity to become an expert in the subject and learned a huge amount about children and how to teach to their different characteristics, strengths and weaknesses.
Eventually though I realised that PSHE may never get recognition in the curriculum and if it did, I might be too old to teach it! I got to a point where I got bored of hearing myself wish children had more opportunities to learn about subjects that matter to them…themselves, their friends, their families.
I started my business, PSHE education, in 2013. Having had the pleasure of working with many wonderful children, teenagers and their teachers, parents and carers I couldn’t be happier. I adore my job more than ever and continue to explore new ways of getting PSHE to as many people as possible.
When I am not running pupil sessions, CPD sessions/insets for staff or speaking at conferences I am in my office researching and writing. I write for children and young people - developing education plans for both myself and clients, writing features and writing Young Adult Fiction. I love supporting colleagues, teaching and writing and can't think of anything I would rather be doing!
There is a Latin quote that sums up why I do what I do… “Aut viam inveniam aut faciam”, it means “I’ll either find a way or make one”…I’m making one…