Winterbourne Academy

All schools must provide a curriculum that is broadly based, balanced and meets the needs of all pupils. Under section 78 of the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010, a PSHE curriculum:

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

PSHE at Winterbourne Academy

At Winterbourne Academy we teach Personal, Social, Health Education as a whole-school approach to underpin students’ development as people and because we believe that this also supports their learning capacity. 

Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, provides a programme which offers us a comprehensive, carefully thought-through Scheme of Work bringing consistency and progression to our students’ learning in this vital curriculum area.

The overview of the programme can be seen on the following documents.

 A Snapshot of PSHEPSHE Big Questions

This also supports the “Personal Development” and “Behaviour and Attitude” aspects required under the Ofsted Inspection Framework, as well as significantly contributing to the school’s Safeguarding and Equality Duties, the Government’s British Values agenda and the SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural) development opportunities provided for our young people.


Statutory RSE & Health Education

Parent/Carer Letter 4th November, 2021

Jigsaw snapshot of PSHE

“The Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (England) Regulations 2019, made under sections 34 and 35 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017, make Relationships and Sex Education compulsory for all pupils receiving secondary education… They also make Health Education compulsory in all schools except independent schools. Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) continues to be compulsory in independent schools.”                                             

DfE Guidance p.8.


Whole-school Approach

At Winterbourne Academy we use The Jigsaw Programme, which covers all areas of PSHE for the secondary phase including statutory RSE and Health Education. The table below gives the learning theme of each of the six Puzzles (units) and as these are taught across the school; the learning deepens and broadens every year.


Puzzle (Unit)


Being Me in My World

Includes understanding my own identity and how I fit well in the class, school and global community. Jigsaw Charter established.

Celebrating Difference

Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and understanding difference, Equality Act

Dreams and Goals

Includes goal-setting, aspirations, who do I want to become and what would I like to do for work and to contribute to society

Healthy Me

Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices, sleep, nutrition, rest and exercise


Includes understanding friendship, family, intimate relationships and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills, bereavement and loss

Changing Me

Includes Relationships and Sex Education in the context of coping positively with change


How often do we teach PSHE?

At Winterbourne Academy we allocate 1 hour to PSHE each week in order to teach the PSHE knowledge and skills in a developmental and age-appropriate way.

These explicit lessons are reinforced and enhanced in many ways including:

  • assemblies,
  • praise and reward system,
  • our school values,
  • through modelling expectations and behaviours as staff
  • outreach in the local community
  • charity fundraise and enterprise projects
  • drop-down days