PSHE & Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)

Curriculum Lead

Miss S. Hodges – Deputy Headteacher

Subject Overview

Cornwallis are excited about the new curriculum for PSHE and RSE that is being introduced from September 2019.  We have chosen a nationally acclaimed programme called ‘Jigsaw’ because it is an age appropriate, comprehensive curriculum that addresses the needs of our students in this changing and challenging world they are growing up in. It also meets all of the outcomes of the PSHE Association Programme of Study and the new DfE guidance on RSE and Health Education. It has an important emphasis on emotional and mental health and underpins the whole programme with mindfulness philosophy and practice.

We aim to provide students with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals and within the community. Students 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.

They learn to understand and respect our common humanity; diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.

Objectives/Student learning intentions:

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

  • Have a sense of purpose
  • Value self and others
  • Form relationships
  • Make and act on informed decisions
  • Communicate effectively
  • Work with others
  • Respond to challenge
  • Be an active partner in their own learning
  • Be active citizens within the local community
  • Explore issues related to living in a democratic society
  • Become healthy and fulfilled individuals

Parents may wish to see our policy on the subject for more information which can be found at

Jigsaw Content

Jigsaw covers all areas of PSHE & RSE for the secondary phase, as the table below shows:

Puzzle nameContent
Being Me in My WorldIncludes understanding self-identity, cultural diversity, society and social groups, political influences, and independence
Celebrating DifferenceIncludes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and diversity, through the nine protected characteristics
Dreams and GoalsIncludes goal-setting, aspirations, working together, recovering from set-backs, SMART planning, choices, and responsibilities  
Healthy MeIncludes mental and physical health, drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence, as well as healthy lifestyle choices, sleep, and the brain
RelationshipsIncludes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills, assertiveness, consent, and sexual health
Changing MeIncludes Relationships and Sex Education in the context of looking at change in all aspects of life, transition, behaviour change, mental health and brain development

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