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PSHE at Culmstock


Our intent for ‘Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education’ is for our children to be healthy in body and mind, be resilient and responsible and ultimately confident members of society. We will support them to understand how they are developing personally and socially. It is our intent to provide our children with opportunities for them to fully engage and learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of the diverse society in which we live, and to respect others as equals. We want to enable our children to make an active contribution to the wider community by helping them to manage their physical and emotional changes at puberty and equip them for life in our ever-changing world. We are aware of the way that PSHE supports many of the principles of safeguarding and links closely to schools Safeguarding and British Values Policies. Through the PSHE curriculum we recognise our duty to ‘actively promote’ and provide opportunity for children to understand the fundamental British Values (Democracy, The Rule of Law, Individual Liberty, Mutual Respect and Tolerance) first set out by the Government in the ‘Prevent’ strategy in 2014, for those with different faiths and beliefs in order for them to become fair, tolerant, respectful and confident adults in a forever challenging world.


We use the ‘Jigsaw’ programme to deliver our PSHE lessons across the school; we follow a two year rolling programme across the school. Teachers have the flexibility to deliver lessons as a result of an issue arisen in their own class. Key vocabulary is identified and we work hard to ensure that words like ‘mental health’ and ‘bully’ are used in the correct context. Classes create displays about their PSHE lessons and a large Class book is kept to record learning.

We participate in national events e.g. anti-bullying week, Children in Need, Black Lives Matter, Mental Health Days, Comic Relief, Sport Relief, NSPCC and charity days. We have weekly assemblies where children’s moral, spiritual, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured through the coverage of key events and National and Global News.

Children are taught at the start of every new academic year about our Golden School Rules and they are revisited termly. The Golden Rules are displayed in every classroom.

Children with additional PSHE needs have opportunities to engage in small group work with our school listener and where appropriate we use the Boxall Assessment Tool to support setting individual targets.

We provide resources and support for children who suffer loss or bereavement and work closely with other agencies.


Our children will demonstrate a healthy outlook towards school and attendance will be at least in line with national. Our delivery of PSHE will also impact on our children’s behaviour socially in the playground and as learners in the classroom. Through our RSE curriculum children will become confident individuals who have positive body awareness, an in depth knowledge of how to keep themselves safe and healthy and who will, through, respect, tolerance and understanding, forge and maintain positive relationships with a diverse range of family and friendship groups. They will grow up to be positive attributes to society.

Jigsaw PSHE brings together Personal, Social, Health and Economic education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a lesson-a-week programme.

Designed as a whole school approach, Jigsaw provides a comprehensive scheme of learning for Foundation Stage to Year 6.

The DfE specified as part of its National Curriculum guidance that ‘All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice’. The review also detailed:


“PSHE remains an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education. We believe that all schools should teach PSHE, drawing on good practice, and have outlined this expectation in the introduction to the new National Curriculum” (Written Ministerial Statement: Review of Personal, Social, Health and Economic education, March 2013).


Our Jigsaw PSHE policy is informed by existing DfE guidance on Sex and Relationships Education (Sex and Relationship Education Guidance, July 2000), preventing and tackling bullying (Preventing and tackling bullying: Advice for head teachers, staff and governing bodies, July 2013), Drug and Alcohol Education (DfE and ACPO drug advice for schools: Advice for local authorities, headteachers, school staff and governing bodies, September 2012), safeguarding (Working Together to Safeguard Children: A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, March 2013 and Keeping Children Safe in Education, 2019) and equality (Equality Act 2010: Advice for school leaders, school staff, governing bodies and local authorities, revised February 2013).


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