Under section 78 of the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010, a PSHE curriculum should:

  • Promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society;
  • Prepare pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

Through the teaching of PSHE, we seek for pupils to develop their understanding of the ever changing world in which we live, the skills to take an active role in their community and the ability to make informed decisions in order to help manage their lives effectively.


At De Beauvoir, Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is taught weekly. We use the Jigsaw whole school approach to the teaching of PSHE, which is approved by the PSHE Association. Jigsaw aims to provide pupils with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals / within their community. Empathy, mindfulness, social skills and the knowledge needed to make healthy choices are taught, as well as positive learning behaviours and how to develop their resilience. Pupils are encouraged to take part activities and experiences which help them to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning.

Jigsaw PSHE supports the development of the skills, attitudes, values and behaviours 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.