Questions about statutory status

Both the content and the approach of Jigsaw means that schools delivering their PSHE though the 2nd edition of the Jigsaw Programme will fully meet the DfE requirements, subject of course, to schools delivering the scheme with fidelity.

Furthermore, the Jigsaw FREE update policy means that if anything is added to the DfE guidance in the future, which Jigsaw does not currently cover, we will write new materials to ensure it maintains FULL coverage for statutory status, and let all our schools download these new materials free of charge!

For more FAQ’s on statutory requirements click here to go to Questions about Content

Questions about content

Ofsted has stated that schools and colleges should be safe environments where children and young people can learn. Put simply, Jigsaw helps to teach children about the keeping themselves safe and promotes an ethos in school that strongly supports keeping children safe in many diverse situations.

From the Early Years onwards, children are taught about what to say and do if they don’t like something – from encountering strangers to bullying, and from unwanted physical contact to racism and being safe with technology. As ever, the emphasis is on helping children realise their independence and responsibility for themselves, rather than employing scare tactics and horror stories to frighten children and dissuade them from choosing certain paths.

This is an easy one to answer, as Jigsaw contributes to British Values in every single lesson!

We have mapped all Jigsaw lessons against the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and found that ALL Jigsaw lessons contribute to one or more of these values in some way.

There are two mapping documents: one showing how each Puzzle contributes overall, and the other demonstrating how each individual lesson contributes.

For example, as you would expect, the ‘Being Me In My World’ Puzzle covers lots of the values in most lessons, where citizenship is learnt about; but the ‘Healthy Me’ Puzzle there are also ample opportunities for learning about mutual respect, individual liberty and the rule of law.

Jigsaw schools can access the British Values map here and from the passworded Community Area.

Jigsaw does not cover radicalisation and extremist behaviour explicitly, as the concepts themselves are perhaps not appropriate for teaching about in primary schools: whilst we want to prepare children for life, at the same time we do not want to alarm them. Rather, Jigsaw makes a significant contribution towards ensuring that the curriculum and the learning environment that children experience lays down a grounding in which the ideological and emotional roots of extremist beliefs, attitudes and behaviours cannot flourish. This contribution emerges first and foremost through the overall character of the Jigsaw scheme and the learning styles it advocates, but also through many aspects of the specific content of the themes or ‘Puzzles’ that make up the programme.

Children are taught to know their own minds, to operate from a position of self-awareness and self-valuing, and to develop the capacity to empathise with others.

Yes, indeed! Even if SMSC were not a high priority for Ofsted, we would still value these aspects of children’s development and believe that Jigsaw enhances each of them. We have mapped SMSC across each Puzzle and across each year group to ensure balanced coverage.

Every Jigsaw Piece (lesson) contributes to this target and our mapping grids clearly indicate which elements are enhanced in each lesson.

The ‘Changing Me’ Puzzle in Jigsaw PSHE 3-11 covers puberty and human reproduction in the context of coping positively with change, and does this in a sensitive and age-appropriate way offering schools teaching materials to meet statutory Relationships and Health Education and including human reproduction, the coverage of which is at schools’ discretion.

We do not believe it is controversial. It is flexible enough for a school to ensure that the material fits their ethos and values and there is a strong safe-guarding element to the ‘Changing Me’ Puzzle.

See the information available for Parents and Carers here

The RSHE that we teach in Jigsaw has two main functions: to help children enjoy successful relationships (with friends, siblings, parents, etc.) and to keep them safe, now and in the future. The Jigsaw sex education Pieces (lessons) in the Changing Me Puzzle (unit) aim to give children their entitlement to information about puberty and human reproduction, appropriate to their age and stage of development. It is treated in a matter-of-fact manner to allay embarrassment and fear. We do not believe it is controversial. It is flexible enough for a school to ensure that the material fits their ethos and values and there is a strong safeguarding element to the ‘Changing Me’ Puzzle (as there is throughout Jigsaw).

The sex education in Jigsaw is progressive and developmental and has a strong focus on children understanding the changes that their bodies go through, so that they can grow up without fear or embarrassment.

The RSHE materials in Jigsaw are original so all schools are advised to check them carefully to ensure they fit appropriately with the individual philosophy and ethos of that school. Catholic schools will obviously need to check their own diocesan advice during this process.

There are lots of Catholic schools using Jigsaw and some of these are implementing the Changing Me materials as they are, others have tweaked them to fit their requirements. For example, in Jigsaw we use specially-designed animations to help teach some of the elements of sex education: most schools use the animations, while some schools choose not to. It’s your choice – there is no obligation either way.

We are very happy to assist with this if you decide to purchase Jigsaw and we do run RSHE training sessions every March to enable schools to look at these materials with us in plenty of time before delivering them in Summer 2.

Yes. There are numerous opportunities in Jigsaw for teaching and learning about financial capability and economic well-being. The Puzzle ‘Dreams and Goals’ holds most of the explicit lessons on finances, where it looks at enterprise and fundraising, aspirations, jobs and careers.

For the younger year groups, learning intentions are focused on perseverance, achieving goals and thinking about what needs to happen now so that things can be better in the future.

For older year groups, the emphasis is more on jobs and careers, and also on supporting others with fundraising, etc. For example, in Year 5, there are lessons on children’s dream jobs and the steps they need to take to get there, what people in a variety of jobs earn and how everyone makes a contribution in society. The end of Puzzle outcomes also offer opportunities for enterprise and learning about money and finance e.g. building a garden of Dreams and Goals enables children to collaborate to raise money for charity.

There are extra lesson plans dealing explicitly with money, spending, saving etc on the Community Area for Jigsaw schools to use to supplement the lessons already in the Jigsaw Programme if they wish to.

Some Jigsaw schools are tiny and may have 3 or 4 year groups in one composite class. The whole school approach, every year group studying the same theme at the same time e.g. ‘Celebrating Difference’ in Autumn 2, makes it easier for the teacher to plan and differentiate the learning.

For more detail please see our article on Composite Classes

At the end of each Jigsaw Puzzle in every year group, there is a grid showing how the lesson’s learning can be differentiated. The mindfulness approach that we use across each lesson allows pupils of all abilities to access the learning. There are also alternative Connect Us activities suggested in the Community Area.

The feedback from schools reinforces that the universal delivery of Jigsaw is successful and promotes pupil voice.

There are myriad ways in which Jigsaw helps children learn about mental health; and these lessons more than cover the requirements set out in the latest government guidance on teaching about mental health. For example, each lesson plan states clearly which of the five emotional literacy domains it contains so that it is clear of the purpose of that lesson in terms of children’s development, not just their ‘knowledge learning’. Confidence in oneself and awareness of self – the backbones of good mental health – are sometimes tricky concepts for children (and adults!) to adopt. However, a tried-and-tested method is used in Jigsaw and is proving to be invaluable when helping children to become more successful in all aspects of their lives, not just as learners. The practice of mindfulness, where children learn to be in the present moment without judgement, is taught in every Jigsaw lesson – through the Calm Me time, through visualisation and through breathing techniques. The Jigsaw Approach is underpinned by mindfulness which aims to empower children to learn now and improve their life-chances later, and to help them develop personal awareness. Mindfulness practice enables them to observe their own thoughts and feelings, regulate them and make conscious decisions about their learning, behaviour and lives. It helps them to remain focused on the present moment and thrive in it.

The Healthy Me Puzzle is where most of the ‘traditional’ health promotion lessons are. From the Eat Well plate and the importance of physical activity for a healthy body (and mind) in the earlier year groups, to the more sophisticated health messages about choice, lifestyle and mental and emotional health promotion in the older year groups, children gain a fully experiential approach to holistic health in Jigsaw – and how it is their responsibility to care for

The latest guidance recommends that schools needs to teach social and emotional skills. These skills are too important to only be learnt by osmosis, which is why Jigsaw develops them in a structured and developmental way throughout every year group. A programme like Jigsaw can be so helpful to schools, because it sets out exactly how children learn best and how to teach skills that lead to better social, emotional and mental health. Each lesson plan states clearly which of the five emotional literacy domains it contains so that it is clear of the purpose of that lesson in terms of children’s development, not just their ‘knowledge learning’. Additionally, everything that schools do in Jigsaw can be linked to positive behaviour policy (which is where the Learning Charter work in Being Me in My World is so useful). More intensive intervention work with more vulnerable children is needed, to ensure that all children’s needs are met – at a universal and a targeted level.

Schools can be confident that a focus on well-being and mental health not only enables them to provide healthy and happy school environments for pupils and staff and prepare the citizens of tomorrow with sound character and values, but also directly supports their more immediate mission, which is shared by Jigsaw: the promotion of effective learning.

Definitely! Each Jigsaw Puzzle is launched across the whole school at the same time with a specific Puzzle Launch Assembly designed to appeal to all the year groups. These assemblies initiate key learning messages that are then reinforced in the lessons and Weekly Celebrations.  This helps maintain focus and intention for both children and staff.

There is one set of Puzzle Launch Assemblies included in the Jigsaw Programme when you buy it and there are several more suites of Puzzle Launch Assemblies for you to download (at a nominal cost) in order to use fresh ones each school year.

As well as the assembly for each Puzzle, we envisage schools will also hold Celebration/Golden Assemblies that will include reference to what children have been doing in Jigsaw that week. These Weekly Celebration Assemblies can be used as part of the Jigsaw scheme or stand-alone and are available now in the Jigsaw online store.

Jigsaw aims to empower children to understand their own rights and those of others, and supports the development of global citizenship.

We have mapped the Jigsaw Puzzles’ contribution to the Rights Respecting Schools Award and to the Universal Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Many schools successfully integrate the Rights Respecting Charter within the structured delivery of Jigsaw lessons.

Questions about cost

This example costing is for England and Wales as Scotland has a different structure (click here)

A whole set of Jigsaw for the primary school (England or Wales), (F2 to Year 6), is available from £1925 + VAT.

A Jigsaw whole set for Years F2 through to Year 6 comprises:

  • 7 Teaching folders: one for F2 and one for each other year group 1-6 (these contain all the assemblies, the lesson plans and resources, assessment process and SEN differentiation grids)
  • 7 Jigsaw Friends and 7 Jerrie Cats, one for each year group (additional ones can be purchased @£20 so that each class has its own)
  • 7 Jigsaw Chimes (additional ones can be purchased @£12.50 so that each class has its own)
  • The Teaching Materials must be downloaded via internet connection using a special login and password which we send out to you.

Hardcopy (printed) folders of the Teaching Materials are available as an option at the time of purchase (for an additional cost) or may be purchased later on as future add-ons (whereupon a separate carriage fee will be charged).

The only additional cost might be to buy a Jigsaw Friend, Jerrie Cat and a Jigsaw Chime for each class if you are more than a one-form entry school, as the whole school set has one of each Friend and 7 chimes.

PSHE for Key Stage 1Jigsaw for F2 to Year 2 (Ages 4-7)

Jigsaw for ages 4-7 can be bought as a package and costs less than if individual year group sets were purchased.

Individual year group sets would cost £300 each + Carriage + VAT

This 3-year group set (KS1: F2-Year 2) costs just £825+ £20 Carriage + VAT (as digital download)

See this set

We are required to charge VAT in the UK by law, however if your school holds a VAT registration you will be able to reclaim it.

We do our best to help schools who are really keen to give Jigsaw to their children.


Buying both Jigsaw PSHE and Discovery RE

We offer a loyalty discount for schools buying Discovery RE AND Jigsaw: £100 off Jigsaw or £50 off Discovery RE

Buying as a cluster or chain of schools

When 2 or more schools buy into Jigsaw at the same time we offer a discount depending on the number of schools coming onboard

Small Schools Discount

Schools with less than 100 pupils can get £30 off individual year groups (up to a maximum of £150 off)

See the Full Discount Grid here.

Many schools use Pupil Premium, or similar grants or subsidies to support them joining the Jigsaw Community, and once you have joined we have a FREE update policy which means all future updates are made available to schools at no charge. The cost of Jigsaw also includes our ongoing support package giving access to the Jigsaw Community Area with training materials, mapping documents, sample policies etc as well as access to your own Jigsaw mentor.

Questions about training

The Jigsaw Team is happy to come and offer both introductory training and/or training specific to certain aspects of Jigsaw such as PSHE / Health & Well-being, Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE), or training bespoke to the needs of your school, staff, parents/carers and children.

Contact us with your specific requirements.

Questions about ordering Jigsaw and delivery, etc.

Simply complete your online order using our Online Store on the website, send an email or give us a call and we can take your order over the phone.

Our contact details are at the bottom of this page.

You will usually have your Jigsaw materials within 5 working days of placing your order.

Questions about setting up Jigsaw in your school

When schools join the Jigsaw Community they are given a Jigsaw Launch Pack guiding them through the implementation process, as well as their own Jigsaw mentor who is there to support with the school’s Jigsaw journey.

In Key Stage 1 we would expect at least 45 minutes to be allocated for a Jigsaw lesson.

In Key Stage 2 this increases to 1 hour per lesson.

It is possible to deliver the ‘Connect Us’ activity as a separate entity.

Schools that commit to a regular weekly slot find that Jigsaw PSHE will have a full and positive impact on learning behaviours and school ethos. The PSHE/HWB curriculum quickly becomes embedded and illustrates that the school is a positive learning community; fulfilling the new inspection foci of both Ofsted and Estyn.

The Jigsaw Friend is integral to this system of learning. It acts as the talking object in the Jigsaw circle and can take on the role of a distancing tool, helping children talk about sensitive issues; and so the children will develop a positive relationship with their Jigsaw Friend.

Therefore, it is really important that each class has its own Jigsaw Friend. The Friends need to be respected and treated as special in order to obtain the most impact.

We do not sell Jigsaw Friends to anyone other than schools using Jigsaw in order to keep their fidelity and specialness for children.

Classroom Chime

The Jigsaw Chimes have been specially selected for their pitch and duration of resonance. This helps children to focus for longer when listening to them. The sound helps draw a line between whatever they were previously thinking about and the focus of the ‘Calm Me’ time. So, we strongly recommend the Jigsaw chimes are used instead of any other instrument. Schools report that the Jigsaw Chimes really work, playing a key element in the delivery of the programme.

The resonance of the Jigsaw Chime may bother a hearing-impaired child (with hearing aids). We recommend teachers to encourage the child to sit close to the chime with their fingers on the table next to the chime. They will then feel the resonance in their bodies.

Yes! The Jigsaw Resource is provided primarily in a computer-readable digital (downloadable) format, with the option to purchase hard-copy folders (available at an additional cost).

You will need to copy the digital files onto a shared school computer, e.g. the main Fileserver on your school’s internal network, which must be protected by staff username and password authentication. Authorised staff only may access the resources simultaneously.

You are not licensed to take copies of these electronic materials off-site.  Specific details are available in the Jigsaw Community Area – which you will have access to once you purchase Jigsaw. You are not allowed to digitise or photocopy pages from the hard-copy files (unless directed to do so in the resource).

*Please note you may not publish any part of these resources to any web-server. It is for your school’s secure internal network and on-premise computers only.

We listen to teachers and we are aware of limited budgets. Jigsaw has been created as a stand-alone resource so you will not need to buy any resources other than consumable art and craft supplies e.g. paper and crayons. Every lesson plan is directly followed by all the resources needed to deliver it, including games, PowerPoint slides, pictures, etc.

Teachers are free to enhance our resource, and as they become more confident with the programme, we encourage them to take greater ownership over the content.

Our growing Twitter feed often illustrates good ideas and lesson successes. We also encourage schools to formally share their success stories on our website. When you become a Jigsaw school, you instantly become part of a growing and vibrant world-wide family of schools.

TAs and HLTAs can teach Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE. The lesson plans are detailed and all the resources are included. However, we strongly recommend that teachers deliver Jigsaw as this programme provides on-going opportunities to get to know and build a strong relationship with the children. It also enables teachers to use the strategies in Jigsaw across the curriculum.

Jigsaw Inspection MaterialsWe now offer our FREE inspection samples and product videos in a new online electronic format.

To access the Jigsaw Inspection Materials, click here.

(User registration will be required.)