PSHE & Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)

Curriculum Lead

Miss S. Hodges – Assistant Head Teacher

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
Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3

Relationships and Sex Education

Year Group Puzzle Piece Number and Name Learning Intentions
7 Changing Me 1 My changing body I understand how my body changes in puberty I can express how I feel about the changes that happen during puberty
9 Relationships 3 Consent I know and understand how to make informed choices about my safety, health and well-being I can reflect on my own values and the choices I might make I can reflect on my actions and identify lessons to be learned from them
9 Relationships 4 Contraception I know about contraception, including the condom and pill, and the importance of communication and negotiation on condom use I feel empowered to make an informed decision about contraception if and when needed
9 Relationships 5 Consequences of unprotected sex I understand that there are consequences if I choose to have unprotected sex I know some options of what I can do if I have unprotected sex
9 Relationships 6 Online relationships I understand the difference between online and off-line relationships I am aware of the potential risks of some online activities (sexting, exploitation) I can recognise when others might try to use their power to control, coerce and manipulate I know some ways that I can challenge behaviour that makes me feel uncomfortable or uneasy

Drug and Alcohol

Year Group Piece Number and Name Learning Intentions
7 3 Healthy choices on… substances I know about different substances and the effects they have on the body and why some people use them I know what makes me feel good and know how to enjoy myself (e.g. to feel calm, elated, energised, focused, engaged, have fun, etc.) - in ways that are not damaging to myself and others
7 5 Healthy choices on… medicines and immunisation I understand the role of vaccinations and can explain differing views on this I can recognise that decisions about my health depend on having access to accurate information
8 3 Healthy choices on… substances I know about different substances and the effects they have on the body and why some people use them I know what makes me feel good and know how to enjoy myself (e.g. to feel calm, elated, energised, focused, engaged, have fun, etc.) - in ways that are not damaging to myself and others
8  5 Healthy choices on… medicines and immunisation I understand the role of medicines and can explain differing views on this I can recognise that decisions about my health depend on having access to accurate information
9 3 Alcohol I understand the physical and emotional effects of alcohol and how it can affect decision-making I feel confident about making my own decision about my lifestyle Choices
9 4 Using substances (including smoking) I understand the physical and emotional effects of certain substances and how they can affect decision-making I feel confident about making my own decision about my lifestyle choices
Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4

Relationships and Sex Education

Year Puzzle Piece Number and Name Learning Intentions
11 Healthy Me 5 Healthy attitudes to sexual relationships I recognise some of the key aspects involved in a sexual relationship and understand the importance of a healthy attitude towards sexual relationships I understand the role of sex in the media and its impact on sexuality I know where I can access further information and support I know some strategies to manage my relationships (which could include sexual relationships) as effectively as possible
11 Healthy Me 6 Healthy attitudes to sexual health I understand that sexuality is a spectrum and I can describe my attitude towards sexuality I understand that everyone is on a spectrum of sexuality and it is their business where they place themselves on it
11 Relationships 5 Remaining an individual in relationships I recognise the importance of maintaining my individuality in my relationships I understand the different stages involved in many relationships and how people’s behaviour can change according to the stage I understand that it is important to respect myself and my preferences in relationships
11 Relationships 6 Am I ready for a sexual relationship? A checklist I recognise the key tenets involved in a sexual relationship and know that the timeline of readiness will vary for everyone I appreciate that I am in charge of my life and only I know if/ when I’m ready I know of some strategies to communicate my wishes effectively


Drug and Alcohol

Year Piece Number and Name Learning Intentions
10 Extraordinary bodies I appreciate how complex my body is and that it needs to be looked after well, now and in the future I am aware of the importance of looking after myself and that it is my responsibility to do so