What is PSHCE Education?
PSHCE Education (Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic Education) 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, PSHCE 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 PSHCE Education?
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).
Click here for access to the National Curriculum.
At St Michael's, all year groups follow JIGSAW which is a scheme that brings together the personal, social, health and economic education. The scheme focuses on the emotional well-being of each child. Children are taught one lesson a week and are given chances to explore mindfulness and the value of others around them. Jigsaw aims to help children know and value who they are and how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world.
What is Jigsaw?
Jigsaw PSHCE is a comprehensive and completely original Scheme of Work for the Primary School from Year 1 through to Year 6. It brings together PSHCE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning.
SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) development opportunities are mapped throughout. All of these pieces of learning are brought together to form a cohesive picture, helping children to know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in the world.
Jigsaw contributes, as a good PSHCE programme should, to the British Values agenda very significantly, both through the direct teaching of information and through the experiential learning children will enjoy.
The 5 strands of the British Values agenda have been mapped across every Puzzle and every Piece (lesson).
We often link our key stage assemblies to the Jigsaw Themes and Values being taught and applied through the PSHCE curriculum. We are proud of the way we promote emotional wellbeing for all our pupils through our Jigsaw programme which underpins the whole of our curriculum.