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What is PSHE Education? 

PSHE Education is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives – now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE Education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. 

What do schools have to teach in PSHE Education? 

According to the latest guidance from the government, via the National Curriculum, every schools needs to have a broad and balanced curriculum that 

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and 
  • prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life’ 
  • promotes British values 

What is Jigsaw, and how does it work? 

Jigsaw is a comprehensive and completely original PSHE Education programme for the whole primary school from Years F1 and 2 through to Year 6 (ages 3-11). It was launched in July 2013 and hundreds of schools across the country are using it. 

Jigsaw has two aims for all children: 

  • To build their capacity for learning 
  • To equip them for life 

Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development. A variety of teaching strategies are used and are mindful of each child’s preferred learning style. Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time. This enables each Puzzle to start with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike. There is a Weekly Celebration that highlights a theme from that week’s lesson across the school, and encourages children to reflect that learning in their behaviour and attitudes. 

Please find below some useful information on the subject from Jigsaw:

Information for parents and carers leaflet

RSE Guide for Parents and Carers leaflet 2018