Victoria Pugh

Victoria Pugh smiling at camera

Senior Lecturer in Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) and RSE Course Leader – University Diploma in PSHE, SENDi and Diversity Lead for PITE

Primary Education

Contact Details

tel: 01905 542563

Victoria joined the School of Education as subject lead for Primary PSHE and RSE. She teaches on the undergraduate professional studies modules. She is undergraduate Year 2 cohort leader and part of the partnership team. Victoria leads development in SEND, Inclusion and Diversity across the Primary ITE courses.  

Victoria is the course leader for the University Diploma in PSHE course which is available for support staff, teachers and health care professions who want to develop their knowledge and practice of PSHE education.

Prior to joining the university, she spent 15 years working in primary schools both in the UK and abroad and has had experience teaching all year groups ranging from Nursery to Year 10. She worked as a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) for PSHE creating PSHE networks and training across Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Victoria is currently studying for an EdD with a focus on children’s perceptions of inclusion and belonging.


  • EdD (currently undertaking) Cardiff University
  • PGCLTHE – Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE (Fellow of HEA)
  • MEd Educational Leadership and Management
  • Diploma in Counselling Skills
  • BEd Primary Education with English Literature (Hons) QTS (University of Chester)

Learn Upon Training completed

  • Safer Recruitment
  • Introduction to the Prevent Duty as it affects Higher Education
  • Safeguarding Essentials

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interest

  • Creating meaningful PSHE lessons within primary schools
  • Relationships and Sex Education
  • Online resilience
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences and trauma informed education
  • SENDi education and whole school approaches.

Research Interests

  • Inclusive Classrooms
  • Digital literacy
  • Assessment in PSHE
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Whole school approaches to inclusive SEND education
  • Education and positive outcomes for all.

Professional Bodies

  • PSHE Association
  • Chartered College of Teachers
  • National Association for Special Educational Needs
  • BERA



Pugh. V, (2017) How exactly can we improve teacher confidence in RSE, and what should we be teaching? Primary Teach Magazine -

Pugh. V, (2019) Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education in initial teacher education: Why bother? Bera Bites (

Pugh.V, (2020) My Life, PSHE curriculum packs. Collins. London

Pugh.V,& Hughes.D, (2021) Teaching Personal, Social, Health and Economic and Relationships (Sex) and Health Education in Primary Schools. Bloomsbury Academic. London.

PSHE curriculum – Creating an inclusive one for your primary school shouldn’t feel daunting (no date). Available at:

Pugh. V, (2021) Developing a curriculum for wellbeing, BERA publications. London.


Sex Education Forum, Sex Education Conference, “Meeting the needs of SEND pupils in mainstream school RSE”; Supporting SEND teaching of RSE in mainstream schools, London. (Nov 2018)

PSHE Association and Health England, “PSHE in ITE – Getting it right”; Preparing trainee teachers for new compulsory PSHE and RSE requirements”, London, (Feb 2019)

Liverpool World Centre, The Gender friendly school; Exploring gender equality in the classroom and preparing for effective Relationship and Sex Education for the 21st Century. Workshop “Dealing with Pornography education in secondary schools”, Liverpool (March 2019)

NAPTEC , “Countdown to statutory RSE ”; Co delivery with PSHE association on RSE in schools, Worcester. Presentation, “Using Picture books to support inclusion and PSHE education” (March 2019)

TEAN, Annual Conference, Presentation “Compulsory PSHE & RSE: what does this mean for your ITE?”, jointed presentation with PSHE Association. Birmingham (May 2019)

Liverpool School Improvement, PSHE Conference 2019, Workshops “Meeting your safeguarding duties through PSHE” and “Promoting respect, equality and inclusion within PSHE”, Liverpool (Nov 2019)

BERA, online conference - Curriculum for Wellbeing, Presentation, “PSHE guidance for relationship development in Primary Schools”. Online, (April 2020)

Optimus Education, Relationships Education and RSE conference, Keynote “Let’s talk about sex…primary” and workshop “building resilience in friendships”. Online, (Oct 2020)

Westminster Briefings, Relationships Education and RSE: Policy update and a way forward, Presentation, “Lesson Planning and Online Resilience” and “RSE – An overview”. Q and A panel member, Online, (Oct 2020)

School Improvement Liverpool, PSHE Conference: How Inclusive Is your PSHE Provision? Keynote “Inclusion and Diversity in your PSHE Provision”. Online, (Nov 2020)

Liverpool World Centre, A Generation in Transformation-Exploring how we can support young people today. Workshop “Planning and Delivering Inclusive Primary RSE’, Online (Nov 2020)

External Roles

  • Governor – Royal National College for the Blind
  • Steering Committee Member – BERA  British Curriculum Forum
  • External Examiner – University of Bedfordshire