At Bankwood, our approach to PSHE has many layers and is woven into all aspects of school life.  It is our aim to support our children to feel a strong sense of belonging and community by taking part in whole-school assemblies, forest school learning, celebrating national events, responding to current affairs both in school, the community and beyond, and to bring the learning alive through our whole school culture and ethos of Pride, Progress and Responsibility.

We have adopted Jigsaw as a whole-school approach to our PSHE and RSHE curriculum.

Jigsaw is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people 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, Jigsaw PSHE  develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.  It is a carefully thought-through progressive programme with a full set of attainment descriptors and an assessment process embedded throughout.

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.

Primary schools in England also need to teach Relationships and Health Education as compulsory subjects and the Department for Education strongly recommends that they 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.  (See below for the Jigsaw curriculum overview as well as PSHE and RSHE guides for parents and carers.