by Jan Lever, 30 October, 2018

So, how does Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, fulfil the expectations of:

  • the Church of England with regards to Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)?

  • the Church of England’s Vision for Education

  • the PSHE Association’s Programmes of Study relating to RSE

In March 2017, Right Honourable Justine Greening, Secretary of State for Education, announced her intention to make Relationships Education in Primary schools and Relationships and Sex Education in secondary schools, statutory from September 2019, with the further possibility of PSHE itself becoming statutory after consultation.

In response to this, the Church of England published an ‘expectations’ document entitled “Surely goodness and mercy: Relationship and Sex Education in Church of England Schools”, building on its Vision for Education already having the cornerstone values of hope, wisdom, dignity and community.

The PSHE Association revised its non-statutory Programmes of Study in 2017.

Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, is a comprehensive whole-school approach building relationships and positive ethos across the whole school community, and offering a structured and progressive set of teaching materials from Foundation Stage to Year 6.

Relationships and Sex Education are thoroughly covered in every year group, both in the Puzzles (half- term units) entitled: Relationships and Changing Me, but also throughout in the building of self-esteem and relationship with self, understanding and celebrating difference etc.

Hundreds of Church schools are using Jigsaw as their preferred PSHE Programme, so the document below is designed to support them in making the connections between Jigsaw, Church of England expectations and values, and the PSHE Association Programmes of Study.

This should also reassure Church schools that Jigsaw fulfils the expectations of both the Church of England and the PSHE Association.

Coupled with this, Jigsaw has a FREE update policy, so pledges to schools that Jigsaw materials will meet the requirements set out in any government guidance and any new or amended materials will be offered to Jigsaw schools at no charge.

This document brings together the PSHE Association Programmes of Study relevant to RSE and shows how their outcomes fit with the Church of England Vision and expectations, and maps Jigsaw lessons (Pieces) and learning intentions to both.

The PSHE Association (2017) states:

“Sex and relationships education is learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, relationships, sex, human sexuality and sexual health. Some aspects are taught in science, and others are taught as part of personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE).

A comprehensive programme of SRE provides accurate information about the body, reproduction, sex, and sexual health. It also gives children and young people essential skills for building positive, enjoyable, respectful and non-exploitative relationships and staying safe both on and offline.”

The Church of England expectation document states:

“For Church of England Schools relationship education is about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, relationships, sex, human sexuality and sexual health. However, it is also about the spiritual and moral aspects of relationships within a context of a Christian vision of the purpose of life.”

Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, believes accurate knowledge and the skills to apply it in matters relating to RSE are vital, and that these need to be underpinned by emotional literacy, mental health, resilience and positive self-image and self-esteem.

This document seeks to demonstrate how Relationships and Sex Education within Jigsaw PSHE meets these expectations.

The following grids have 4 columns:

1. PSHE Association Programmes of Study. The initial letters denote the three strands within each Key Stage as follows:

H: Health and Well-being
R: Relationships
L: Living in the Wider World

2. Church of England adaptation of the PSHE Association learning outcomes
3. Church of England Cornerstones Value
4. Jigsaw PSHE Year Group/Puzzle (unit)/Piece (lesson) and learning intentions

We offer this work to you in the hope that it helps clarify the connections and reassures you that Jigsaw promises to support schools to fulfil the statutory RSE expectations to be set out by the DfE.

I acknowledge my appreciation of my colleague, Alison Harris, who, as a trained SIAMS inspector, an experienced teacher and a Jigsaw consultant, was so well-placed to bring these threads together.

Jan Lever
Creator and Director: Jigsaw PSHE

December 2017

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“Surely goodness and mercy, Relationship and Sex Education in Church of England Schools: An expectations document” (2017)

PSHE Association Programme of Study (updated 2017):

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