Jigsaw Personal Social and Health Education

Monday, 2 November 2020

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The Jigsaw Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) scheme is being introduced across BHS to provide a cyclical approach to PSHE, that will develop the opportunity for understanding over time.


Jigsaw 11-16 was launched in 2019 after 2 years’ development in partnership with schools, builds on the Jigsaw 3-11 Programme which was launched in 2013 and now reaches over 2 million children across the UK and in 35+ countries.

Teacher Input

Teachers were clear during the development stage of Jigsaw that they wanted

  • Easy-to-use lesson
  • Each lesson being a PowerPoint presentation with teacher notes beneath the
  • Student activities that were ready-made.
  • Required a minimum of
  • An easy assessment


Jigsaw is structured, age-appropriate and developmental. Mindfulness philosophy underpins the programme and mindfulness practice is built into every lesson, aiming to support self-regulation, self-awareness and stress management.

The Approach

Each Puzzle has a Big Question, encouraging a philosophical approach as well as providing a focus to be reflected upon as the Puzzle progresses. This provides another way to assess learning progress and become aware of how opinions may be changing with added learning.


Jigsaw is a curriculum that expects student engagement and takes a mature approach to the subjects covered. The approach is that young people want to know and are keen to have the opportunity to explore issues and compare their own thoughts and feelings about it in a safe environment.

Jigsaw does not skirt around the issues young people need to know about in order to keep themselves safe and make well-informed choices.

The Jigsaw Charter

 The Jigsaw Charter, a set of ground rules, which are established at the beginning of the programme and reinforced at the beginning of every lesson to help create and maintain a safe learning environment

The Core Puzzles (Units) are:

Each lesson comprises 4 parts:

  1. 1. Learning Pod (a 20-minute engagement piece)
  2. 2. The Big Bit (the main body of the lesson)
  3. Finishing Facts (to ensure students leave with key learning, usually including reflection on the Big Question of that Puzzle)
  4. Signpost (to share further information websites and/or support services)

For this academic year

 The Grade 11 and 12’s will participate in the PSHE scheme. The Jigsaw scheme currently is applicable up to the age of 18.