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PSHE / RHE (Jigsaw)

What is PSHE?  

PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) is a planned programme of learning through which children acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to successfully manage their lives – now and in the future. As part of a whole-school  approach, PSHE 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?

According to the National Curriculum, every school needs to have a broad and balanced curriculum that:

  • Promotes the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school;
  • Prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life;
  • Promotes British values.


From September 2020, primary schools in England also need to teach Relationships and Health Education as compulsory subjects and the Department for Education strongly

recommends this should also include age-appropriate Sex Education.

Schools also have statutory responsibilities to safeguard their pupils (Keeping Children Safe in Education, DfE, 2019) and to uphold the Equality Act (2010).

The Jigsaw Programme supports all of these requirements and has children’s wellbeing at its heart



What is Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, and how does it work?                                          Jigsaw is a whole-school approach and embodies a positive philosophy and creative teaching and learning activities to nurture children’s development as compassionate and well-rounded human beings as well as building their capacity to learn.                                

Jigsaw is a comprehensive and completely original PSHE programme (lesson plans and teaching resources) for the whole primary school from ages 3-11.   Written by teacher and psychotherapist, Jan Lever MBE (services to education) and teachers, and grounded in sound psychology, it also includes

all the statutory requirements for Relationships and Health Education (RHE).               

Jigsaw has two main aims for all children:                                                                                    

1. To build their capacity for learning                                                                                             

 2. To equip them for life Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, compulsory Relationships and Health Education, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development.

It is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time at their own level. There are six Puzzles (half-term units of work) and each year group is taught one lesson per week. All lessons are delivered in an age- and stage-appropriate way so that they meet children’s needs. Each Puzzle starts with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike.


What else is included?

There are numerous additional aspects of the Jigsaw Programme to enhance the learning experience, including the Jigsaw Friends (jigsaw-shaped soft toys used as teaching aids), Jigsaw Chimes and Jigsaw Jerrie Cats (used to help and encourage calming and mindfulness practice). Every Jigsaw lesson includes mindfulness practice. Mindfulness is being able to observe your own thoughts and feelings as they happen, in the present moment, applying no judgement. Jigsaw teaches children to understand their thoughts and feelings through the Calm Me time exercises (using the Jigsaw Chime) and Pause Points (using Jigsaw Jerrie Cat). This helps to develop their awareness, and their capacity to be mindful human beings. Learning is thus enhanced as emotions and behaviour are self-regulated.