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The Department for Education has made major aspects of PSHE statutory for every school in England from September 2020. Relationships and Health Education in Primary Schools and RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) and Health Education in Secondary Schools will become mandatory curriculum subjects from September 2020, aiming to equip children and young people with the knowledge and skills they need to be healthy, safe, happy and successful in this complex world.  

The new Ofsted inspection framework (2019) will also have a focus on how well schools support students’ Personal Development, so a comprehensive PSHE Programme will be an essential part of this work too.

With all of this in mind, Pilton has decided to use a comprehensive package of PSHE provision known as Jigsaw. Jigsaw PSHE Ltd is a North Devon-based company, established in 2013, working with schools across the UK and in 30+ countries. The Creator and Director of Jigsaw PSHE is a teacher and psychotherapist with nearly 40 years’ experience working in education.

Jigsaw provides schools with a fully planned and resourced curriculum for PSHE Education which shows clear, logical progression across year groups and key stages. Jigsaw is also used by several of our feeder primaries thus providing an even more seamless transition for students as they join us in year 7, therefore avoiding ‘dips’ in learning. The programme is regularly updated in accordance with new statutory guidance and fulfils government requirements in terms of RSE and Health legislation; British Values and the Prevent Agenda; Gatsby Benchmarks for Career Education and SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual, Cultural Education). The New Ofsted Inspection framework 2019 has also been taken into consideration. 

The programme is centred on providing the knowledge and skills young people need to lead happy, healthy and safe lives as they move through secondary school and beyond. The approach uses mindfulness as a core principle and is very geared towards ensuring our young people grow in confidence and resilience leading to positive mental health - critical in an ever changing 21st century world. 

Alongside the Jigsaw PSHE programme Pilton works with partner organisations such as Next Steps South West, National Citizens Service, public service professionals, further education providers and many others to provide extra personal development opportunities for students. These are delivered throughout the school year at strategic times to coincide with the core PSHE programme, assemblies and key national/world events. 

Personal Development at Pilton is provided through a range of platforms. Tutors deliver the core programme during one 60 minute timetabled PSHE lesson per fortnight. In addition, days are collapsed and lunchtime sessions organised to accommodate extra events/workshops often led by external visitors. PSHE, SMSC and Career Education is also routinely taught in other curriculum areas being implicitly and explicitly covered within schemes of work. 

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