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Primary Academy


Our Vision

At Mansfield Primary Academy, we use a mindful approach to PSHE, which brings together Personal, Social, Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning through our Jigsaw programme.

Each Puzzle starts with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike.

Purpose of Study

Integrating this personal and social development work into a comprehensive Personal, Social, Health

Education (Health and Well-being) curriculum gives the relevant context to build skills, attitudes, self esteem, resilience and confidence, all of which are needed to be taught explicitly as well as nurtured implicitly, thereby demanding a well-structured, progressive lesson-a-week process.

Jigsaw PSHE programmes are far more than curriculum programmes.

Whole-school opportunities are given e.g. assemblies, end-of-Puzzle displays, Weekly celebrations, music and songs, to reinforce the curriculum work and enhance the positive ethos of the whole school community; an effective whole school development tool. The rationale and philosophy underpinning Jigsaw resources is based on mindfulness philosophy and practice, sound psychology and is evidence-based. Jigsaw has structured lessons to maximise these processes. Children and young people are at the heart of all Jigsaw Programmes to improve their capacity to learn, their resilience and emotional well-being and mental health and thereby enhance their life-chances.


The national curriculum for PSHE aims to ensure that all pupils are taught effective PSHE, planned as a spiral curriculum. This means pupils revisit key themes each year at an age appropriate level. This ensures that pupils are able to build on their knowledge, understanding and skills of PSHE each year.

  • PSHE is currently a non-statutory subject however, Relationships (Primary) and Relationships and Sex Education (Secondary) and Health Education are statutory elements of the curriculum and core elements within the PSHE curriculum.
  • PSHE provision supports the teaching of the Personal Development of pupils and evaluated by Ofsted
  • PSHE supports the teaching of Character Education.
  • PSHE supports Equalities education.
  • Schools have a duty to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum and one that supports the personal development, behaviour, welfare and safeguarding of pupils (Education Act 2002 and Academies Act 2010). 
  • The introduction to the national curriculum states that all state schools ‘should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice'. DfE guidance also states that PSHE education is ‘an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education’.
  • Schools are free to determine what resources they use to cover the PSHE curriculum and how this provision is organised. A planned and developmental programme of study across all year groups with lessons part of the timetable is recommended.