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Jigsaw the Mindful approach to PSHE for Independent Schools (ages 3-16)

The Jigsaw teaching programme is a comprehensive and original scheme of work covering all aspects of Personal, Social, Health Education as required by the Independent School Standards (guidance, paragraph 2.12 2019), and including statutory Relationships Education at Primary and Relationships and Sex Education at Secondary (DfE Guidance 2019).

Jigsaw 3-11 offers Primary PSHE including statutory Relationships and Health Education (England), in a spiral, progressive and fully planned scheme of work Jigsaw 11-16 Full Set ages 11 - 16 image

The Jigsaw Programme is developmental, and the spiral curriculum builds the learning from age 3 up to 16 (when using both ranges) providing consistent progression, and is ideal for through-schools.

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How is Jigsaw PSHE Structured?

Jigsaw is structured into 6 half-term
units known as ‘Puzzles’:

Being Me in My World

Celebrating Difference

Dreams and Goals

Healthy Me


Changing Me

Students gain knowledge and insight into themselves, others and the world they live in and become discerning and resilient global citizens.
Every year group studies the same Puzzle at the same time at its own level, lending itself to a whole-school approach.

Attainment descriptors (working at, towards and beyond) for every Puzzle make progression clear and assessment straightforward, to maximise and evidence learning.

Designed as a whole-school programme, Jigsaw enhances growth-mindset culture and builds ethos; enhances a sense of belonging and community; values every child and is inclusive, and nurtures positive relationship with self and others, all conducive to learning.

The authentic focus on emotional and mental health is underpinned by mindfulness philosophy and made real by mindfulness practice being embedded in every lesson. This empowers students to regulate their own emotional states and choose their responses, impacting positively on behaviours and self-esteem.

Real-life Experience with Jigsaw - What Schools Say

Independent schools talk on film about their own experience with the Jigsaw Programmes

The difference Jigsaw makes

Impact of Jigsaw and REST

Integrating PSHE and REST

Each video can be played in full screen mode as required.

Find Out More

Where to look for detailed information about Jigsaw PSHE
The Jigsaw Programme contributes significantly to the British Values and SMSC agendas, and students are given a voice, enabling them to understand and express their feelings in a safe environment.

Jigsaw actively promotes respect for others using the Jigsaw Charter and taught lessons, every year includes anti-bullying work and lessons relating to the Equality Act and Protected Characteristics.

A strong safeguarding thread runs throughout, as does online safety.

For more detail on the Jigsaw Programmes, click the buttons below, or select your region from the drop-down menus at the top of this page.

Preview Image - Independent Schools supported by Jigsaw PSHE

For more information on how Jigsaw PSHE supports Independent School Standards, click the article above to read in a new tab.


Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, holds children and young people at its heart.

We support schools to use Jigsaw to best effect with our ongoing update policy, support through the online Community Area and our Jigsaw team of consultants, all experienced educators, committed to supporting colleagues to empower their students to learn and become the best versions of themselves.