PSHE (Personal Social Health Education) enables pupils to develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. Evidence shows that well-delivered PSHE programs have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. *
This links directly of the key aims of Oaktree that underpin the ethos that we promote.
- To challenge and support learners to provide them with skills for a successful future.
- To develop learners’ understanding of self and others, enabling everyone to make positive, healthy choices.
As part of the Education Act 2002/Academies Act 2010 all schools must provide a balanced and broad-based curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, whilst also preparing pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. In our school, we choose to deliver Personal, Social, Health Education using Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE.
From September 2020, Relationships and Sex Education is compulsory in all schools providing primary education. At Oaktree, both RSE and PSHE is taught through Jigsaw, which fulfils all aspects of these curricula.
Aim of the Jigsaw PSHE programme
Children are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
They learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.
Objectives/Pupil learning intentions:
Jigsaw will support the development of the skills, attitudes, values and behaviour, which enable pupils to:
• Have a sense of purpose
• Value self and others
• Form relationships
• Make and act on informed decisions
• Communicate effectively
• Work with others
• Respond to challenge
• Be an active partner in their own learning
• Be active citizens within the local community
• Explore issues related to living in a democratic society
• Become healthy and fulfilled individual
How is Jigsaw PSHE organised in our school?
Jigsaw brings together PSHE, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. Teaching strategies are varied and are mindful of preferred learning styles and the need for differentiation. 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. Jigsaw is relevant to children living in today’s world as it helps them understand and be equipped to cope with issues like body image, cyber and homophobic bullying, and internet safety. To support differentiation, many pieces suggest creative learning activities that allow children to choose the media with which they work and give them scope to work to their full potential.
Relationships and Sex Education
Effective RSE can make a significant contribution to the development of the personal skills needed by pupils if they are to establish and maintain relationships. It also enables children and young people to make responsible and informed decisions about their health and wellbeing.
Withdrawal from RSE lessons
Parents/carers have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of the Relationships and Sex Education. Those parents/carers wishing to exercise this right are invited in to see the head teacher and/or RSE Co-ordinator who will explore any concerns and discuss any impact that withdrawal may have on the child. Once a child has been withdrawn they cannot take part in the RSE programme until the request for withdrawal has been removed.
Drug and Alcohol Education
Issues around Drugs and Alcohol in our school are taught through the Jigsaw puzzle piece entitled ‘Healthy Me’.
Definition of ‘Drugs’:
This policy uses the definition that a drug is: ‘A substance people take to change the way they feel, think or behave’ (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime). The term ‘Drugs’ includes:
• All illegal drugs
• All legal drugs including alcohol, tobacco and volatile substances, which can be inhaled
• All over-the-counter and prescription medicines
Effective Drug and Alcohol Education can make a significant contribution to the development of the personal skills needed by pupils as they grow up. It also enables young people to make responsible and informed decisions about their health and well-being.
The Drug and Alcohol Education programme within Jigsaw encourages the development of the following values -
• Respect for self
• Respect for others
• Responsibility for their own actions
• Responsibility for their family, friends, schools and wider community
Assessment and attainment
The children are assessed continually throughout the year with the teacher giving feedback orally, through marking and through talking to individual children. Each Jigsaw Piece has its own descriptors and exemplifications, so teachers can see the expected standard of learning that pupils should attain at the end of each unit of work, each year and each Key Stage.
External contributors from the community, e.g. health promotion specialists, school nurses, and community police and fire officers, make a valuable contribution to the Jigsaw PSHE programme. Their input should be carefully planned and monitored so to fit into and complement the programme. Teachers MUST always be present during these sessions and remain responsible for the delivery of the Jigsaw PSHE programme.
Links to other policies and curriculum areas
- Science curriculum
- Computing policy (re. e-safety and cyber bullying)
- Teaching and Learning Policy
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Safeguarding Policy
- Behaviour Policy
- Anti-Bullying Policy
- Sex and Relationships Policy
* A curriculum for life: the case for statutory PSHE education - https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/curriculum-and-resources/resources/curriculum-life-case-statutory-pshe-education