Jigsaw and the National Curriculum

by Web Manager, 7 November, 2014

How Jigsaw complements and helps to deliver aspects of the national primary curriculum

In September 2013, the DfE published a National Curriculum that takes effect from September 2014.  With this new curriculum in mind, schools are choosing to plan for its introduction; and many schools have queried exactly how Jigsaw can help them better deliver certain aspects of the new curriculum.

All schools have statutory duties to meet and, as Section 2.1 of the National Curriculum framework states,

‘Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society  
  • prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life’

These duties are set out in the 2002 Education Act and the 2010 Academies Act. Schools also have statutory responsibilities to promote pupil well-being and pupil safeguarding (Children Act, 2004) and community cohesion (Education Act, 2006). PSHE education plays an important part in fulfilling all of these responsibilities.

Moreover, despite PSHE Education remaining a non-statutory subject, Section 2.5 of the National Curriculum framework document recommends that:

‘All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice.’

So it is evident that high quality, well-planned PSHE Education has a strong footing in the new curriculum. Furthermore, the DfE has published a guidance document on PSHE education, which states that the subject is:

‘An important and necessary part of all pupils’ education.’

It continues to affirm that:

‘Schools should seek to use PSHE education to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on drug education, financial education, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.’

However, the guidance goes on to inform that, in order…

‘…To allow teachers the flexibility to deliver high-quality PSHE we consider it unnecessary to provide new standardised frameworks or programmes of study. 

Yet, in our discussions with teachers, many report being so busy, with timetables crammed full of other responsibilities that writing lesson plans without a new framework or up-to-date programme of study can prove too onerous. Therefore, Jigsaw offers a timely and expedient solution, without eliminating teachers’ creativity and high regard for the subject.

Clearly, Jigsaw PSHE in itself is well-equipped to deal with all of these statutory areas. Indeed, as an up-to-date, comprehensive and completely original scheme of work for the whole primary school, it cannot fail to cover all essential areas of PSHE Education; not only that, but Jigsaw PSHE also ensures that 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 the world. Furthermore, there is differentiated support for SEN.

But how does it help to deliver other areas of the statutory curriculum?


The details: how does Jigsaw help deliver aspects of the new curriculum?

As anyone involved with PSHE Education will know, it is far more than just a subject that you ‘teach’ once a week in a structured classroom environment: it is implicit in so many aspects of school life. Jigsaw goes several steps further: not only does it cover all areas (and more!) of the non-statutory framework, it also has the ability to help deliver particular aspects of the new curriculum. For example, numerous aspects of PSHE Education can be identified in other subjects, including Science, Music and PE. The table below gives more detail.



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Joanna Feast
May 2015

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