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Jigsaw provides a structured programme of personal development to nurture the ‘whole child’ and increase learning capacity, underpinned by mindfulness philosophy and practice. 

Every Jigsaw lesson from Year 7-11 offers opportunities for children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, and this is clearly mapped and balanced across each year group (see map attached). 

Jigsaw is designed to provide structured opportunities in every lesson to practise and enhance the five skills associated with the emotional literacy (self-awareness, social skills, empathy, motivation and managing feelings). At Derby Pride Academy, we believe that these opportunities are vital for children’s development, their understanding of themselves and others and in increasing their capacity to learn. 


Jigsaw brings together Personal, Social, Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. 

A lesson a week with the teaching resources included, helps teachers to focus on tailoring the lessons to their children’s needs and to enjoy building the relationship with their class, thus getting to know them better as unique human beings. 

Teaching strategies are varied and are mindful of preferred learning styles and the need for adaptation. 

Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time.  

Jigsaw, is a progressive and spiral scheme of learning, carried out throughout the whole of the school. The progression Checker shows clear progression through all year groups on all units of work. Planning ensures that learning from previous years is revisited and extended, adding new concepts, knowledge and skills, year on year.  


We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods: 

  • Assessing children’s understanding of topic linked vocabulary before and after the unit is taught. 
  • Summative assessment of pupil discussions about their learning. 
  • Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice). 
  • Monitoring, carried out by the subject leader 
  • Marking of written work in books. 
  •  Class displays for PSHE of children’s work and the current unit of work. 
  • Through their PSHE learning, the children are able to make links between their own lives and those of others in their community and in the wider world, developing an understanding of other people’s personal, social, emotional, health together with the spiritual, moral and cultural similarities and difference. 

Parent’s/Carer’s Right to Withdraw from RSE 

Parents have a right to request to withdraw their child from sex education delivered as part of RSE in secondary schools which, unless there are exceptional circumstances, should be granted up to three terms before their child turns 16. At this point, if the child themselves wishes to receive sex education rather than be withdrawn, the school should make arrangements for this to happen in one of the three terms before the child turns 16 – the legal age of sexual consent.  Parents/carers will be asked at their induction meeting if they wish to withdraw their child from sex education and is so, they will need to sign the appropriate withdrawal form.  Parents/carers may also withdraw their child at any point during their child’s placement at the Academy by using the following form:- 

SE Withdrawal Form

There is no right to withdraw from Relationships Education at primary or secondary as we believe the contents of these subjects – such as family, friendship, safety (including online safety) – are important for all children to be taught. For more information, please see:

Government Response: RSE FAQs 


Further information for parents can be accessed using the links below:- 

Jigsaw Leaflet for Parents and Carers

Jigsaw LGBT Parent Leaflet 

DPA - Relationship & Sex Education Policy