PSHE and RSE in School

Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE)

At Kirton Lindsey Primary School, we teach PSHE as a whole-school approach to underpin children’s development as people and because we believe that this also supports their learning capacity.

The Jigsaw Programme offers us a comprehensive, carefully thought-through scheme of work which brings consistency and progression to our children’s learning in this vital curriculum area.

This also supports the “Personal Development” and  “Behaviour and Attitude” aspects required under the Ofsted Inspection Framework, as well as significantly contributing to the school’s Safeguarding and Equality Duties, the Government’s British Values agenda and the SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural) development opportunities provided for our children. 

Statutory Relationships and Health Education (SRE)

At Kirton Lindsey Primary School, we understand that pupils must be provided with an education that prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. A key part of this relates to relationships education, which must be delivered to every primary-aged pupil. Primary schools also have the option to decide whether pupils are taught sex education. State-funded primary schools are also required to teach health education.

Relationships education focuses on giving pupils the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships, and to build their self-efficacy. Health education focuses on equipping pupils with the knowledge they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing.

We understand our responsibility to deliver a high-quality, age-appropriate and evidence-based relationships, sex and health curriculum for all our pupils. This policy sets out the framework for our relationships, sex and health curriculum, providing clarity on how it is informed, organised and delivered.  

At Kirton Lindsey Primary School we value PSHE as one way to support children’s development as human beings, to enable them to understand and respect who they are, to empower them with a voice and to equip them for life and learning. We include the statutory Relationships and Health Education within our whole-school PSHE Programme and we hold a whole school day focused on Relationship and Sex Education in the Summer Term delivered by BigTalk Education (specialist RSE facilitators).

Both the Jigsaw (PSHE) programme and BigTalk Education (RSE) ensure as a school we support children and their families with the most up to date teaching materials and knowledge and that our staff are well-supported and resourced to deliver the PSHE curriculum in school.

What is Jigsaw PSHE?

Jigsaw PSHE is a comprehensive and completely original scheme of work for the whole primary school from EYFS through to Year 6. It brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning.

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 in the world. Information regarding this can be found below.

Jigsaw contributes, as a good PSHE programme should, to the British Values agenda very significantly, both through the direct teaching of information and through the experiential learning children will enjoy.

The 5 strands of the British Values agenda have been mapped across every puzzle and every piece (lesson). Information regarding this can be found below.

Jigsaw also helps to support the Prevent Strategy. The main way in which Jigsaw offers support is through the adoption of a whole school approach; our school fosters a climate of mutual understanding and respect.

Objectives/Pupil learning intentions

Jigsaw PSHE will support the development of the skills, attitudes, values and behaviour, which enable pupils to:

There are 6 Puzzles (half-term units of work) each with 6 Pieces (lessons):

What is Big Talk?

Big talk support us to deliver a relationship and sex education programme every year across our whole school.

For more information, please visit their website

Parents / Carers rights to withdraw their child from the subject

Relationships and health education are statutory in primary schools and parents/carers do not have the right to withdraw their child from the subjects. We view sex education as a contributing part of our safeguarding duty to your child. However,  as sex education is not statutory at the primary level, other than what must be taught as part of the science curriculum, parents/carers have the right to request to withdraw their child from all or part of the sex education curriculum. If a withdrawal request is made, the expectation is that parents will provide sex education for their child at the level they feel is appropriate for their age.

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The school will always grant withdrawal requests, however, the Head Teacher or PSHE Leaders will discuss the request with parents/carers and, if appropriate, their child, to ensure that their wishes are understood and to clarify the nature and purpose of the curriculum. The school will discuss with the parents / carers, the benefits of receiving this important education and any adverse effects that withdrawal may have on the pupil – this could include, for example, social and emotional effects of being excluded. The Head Teacher will keep a record of the discussion between themselves, the pupil and the parent/carer. The school may also offer opportunities for parents/carers with concerns or questions about the content of the lessons to discuss this further with the members of staff or other professionals such as the ‘BigTalk Education’ team.

Any requests for more information should be directed to the PSHE subject leader

Any requests to withdraw a child from sex education lessons in school should be submitted in writing to the Headteacher

Mr Andrew Marshall