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Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

Pilton Bluecoat Academy Vision for PSHE

‘The intention of the Government to make PSHE education statutory underlines the key role it has to play in supporting children and young’.

                                                                                                                                                        Sir Alasdair MacDonald


At Pilton Bluecoat Academy we want our children to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.


Our Christian values underpin our ethos; every child is valued and encouraged to achieve their full potential. Every member of our school community is encouraged to respect and value each other. Wherever possible we make close links between our values, worship and PSHE curriculum.

Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) and RSE are an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education. Through a planned programme of learning, we aim to provide our pupils with the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need in order to manage their lives both now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, we aim to develop the attributes our pupils need to thrive as individuals, as part of a family and as a confident member of the wider community.


 A huge part of our PSHE, SMSC and British Values is taught through a systematic scheme of work called Jigsaw. This programme of study is designed to support our students in developing relevant and appropriate life skills. This is achieved not only through lessons and assemblies, but also by encouraging full involvement in school life including sports teams, music club, drama productions, peer mediators, school councillors, play-leaders, learning champions and fundraising.

We offer a nurturing learning environment, in which each child is encouraged to develop their full potential, and where their achievements and successes are celebrated and rewarded.  As a school, we believe that children are all individuals and therefore, we aim to encourage mutual respect, responsibility and foster self-esteem in a happy and caring atmosphere. The teaching and learning of PSHE, using the Jigsaw programme supports this. Through using Jigsaw our children acquire knowledge, understanding and the skills they need to manage their lives now and in their futures. It develops the qualities and attributes children need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society and the global community.

Jigsaw is implemented throughout the whole school during weekly whole class Jigsaw lessons, focusing on different topics each term and is embedded through all lessons, and the whole school assemblies, with everyone supporting and encouraging the children they interact with to use the skills they are developing and to make links to other areas of learning.

Jigsaw Content covers all areas of PSHE for the primary phase:
Autumn 1:
Being Me in My World - Includes understanding my place in the class, school and global community as well as devising Learning Charters)

Autumn 2:
Celebrating Difference - Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and diversity work

Spring 1:
Dreams and Goals - Includes goal-setting, aspirations, working together to design and organise fund-raising events

Spring 2:
Healthy Me - Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices

Summer 1:
Relationships - Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills

Summer 2:
Changing Me - Includes Sex and Relationship Education in the context of looking at change


It is through the teaching of a comprehensive PSHE curriculum that our children will develop greater self-awareness, positive self-esteem and confidence, that enables them to do the following:

  • 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

The children’s knowledge and understanding are assessed through observation, discussion and evaluations of the work completed in the Jigsaw journals.In line with the school policy on assessment and recording it is expected that each teacher is responsible for the regular assessment of his or her pupils through marking work set. The data gathered is used by the class teacher to ensure that each pupil is set work that is appropriately challenging. General comments about PSHE are included in annual reports to parents. Individual pupil profiles will also reflect areas of health and well-being.