Being a Philosopher (PSHE)

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.

The Government’s PSHE education review of PSHE Education (March 2013) stated that the subject would remain non-statutory and that no new programmes of study would be published. The DfE specified as part of its National Curriculum guidance that ‘All schools should make provision for  personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice’. The review also detailed:

“PSHE remains an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education. We believe that all schools should teach PSHE, drawing on good practice, and have outlined this expectation in the introduction to the new National Curriculum” (Written Ministerial Statement: Review of Personal, Social, Health and Economic education, March 2013).


St Barnabas is a Jigsaw School 

Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in a comprehensive scheme of learning. Teaching strategies are varied and are mindful of preferred learning styles and the need for differentiation. Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time. This enables each Puzzle to start with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike. There are six Puzzles in Jigsaw that are designed to progress in sequence from September to July.

From September 2020, the Jigsaw will be sued to deliver statutory Relationships Education and non-statutory Sex Education. The school has and will be working closely with families to review and create materials that will be used in school, alongside Jigsaw.