PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) Education

PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education) is a planned programme of learning opportunities and experiences that help children and  young people grow and develop as individuals and as members of families and communities.  It  helps to equip them with knowledge, understanding and practical skills, appropriate to their age and  maturity, in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilled and responsible lives.  PSHE also enables children and  young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes, and explore the complex and  sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future. 

In short,  PSHE makes a significant contribution to children and young people’s personal, spiritual, moral,  social and cultural development and the ability to understand and reflect upon British values, such  as inclusion, acceptance and honesty. (National PSHE CPD Programme, 2015, Babcock 4S & University of Roehampton)


At LDSM, we use the JIGSAW resources as a basis for teaching the PSHE/Citizenship programme in school. The programme supports the children with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals and within the community. The children are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning.  They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. The children learn to understand and respect our common humanity; diversity and differences so that they can appreciate empowering values and go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.


Assessment is a planned part of teaching and learning which helps to set clear expectations for

standards and achievement.  It ensures progression in teaching and learning and motivates pupils

because they become partners in the assessment process.  Assessment in PSHE allows pupils to be  clear about strengths and weaknesses in their learning, and enables teachers to be clear about the achievements of their pupils and how their learning might be improved.

The ‘JIGSAW’ Scheme of Work – Spiral Curriculum Overview

Each year group teaches these 6 topic areas across the year, with each year’s content building on the last.

1. Being Me in My World

Includes understanding my place in the class, school and global community as well as devising Learning Charters.

2. Celebrating Difference

Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and diversity work.

3. Dreams and Goals

Includes goal-setting, aspirations for yourself and the world and working together.

4. Healthy Me

Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices.

5. Relationships

Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills.


6. Changing Me

This puzzle includes sex and relationships education in the context of coping positively with change. (includes age-appropriate sex education- see RSE Policy for further details)

PSHE curriculum overview

PSHE vocabulary progression