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Ellen Wilkinson
Primary School


PHSE  Education at EWPS

PSHE Education stands for Personal, Social and Health and Economic Education. It is an important part of your child's learning. Personal, social and health education (PSHE) helps to give children the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives.


How we teach PSHE:

At Ellen Wilkinson Primary School  we follow the Jigsaw approach to PSHE. 

Jigsaw provides pupils with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes, values and skills they need in order to reach their potential as individuals and within the community.

Pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of their school and communities. In doing so they learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.

Jigsaw PSHE will support the development of the skills, attitudes, values and behaviour, which enable pupils to:

  • Have a sense of purpose
  • Value self and others
  • Form relationships
  • Make and act on informed decisions
  • Communicate effectively
  • Work with others
  • Respond to challenge
  • Be an active partner in their own learning
  • Be active citizens within the local community
  • Explore issues related to living in a democratic society
  • Become healthy and fulfilled individuals

How we ensure access for all:

Work is differentiated if needed to ensure that all children can access the learning. However, due to the nature of the subject, most of the units are based around discussion  and reflection leading to a creative outcome.

How we develop cultural capital:

Cultural capital is at the heart of all our PSHE lessons at EWPS, helping our children navigate through the ever changing world around them. Citizenship at school, community and global levels are a vital part of our PSHE lessons, providing knowledge and skill development for all children.

Cultural capital can be seen through the units taught, including; ‘Celebrating differences’, ‘Relationships’, ‘Hopes and Dreams’ and ‘Healthy Me’, that are taught in every year group.

How we know your child is succeeding:

At Ellen Wilkinson Primary children’s progress in PHSE is monitored  at the end of each term:

Teachers use this information: to ensure pupils are making a good level of progress in PHSE ; identify  pupils next steps in their learning and explain to pupils how they can make progress in their PHSE.

How you can support your child:

Sitting down and having discussions about current issues in the world, the school and in the personal lives. Ask for their opinions and thoughts. 

Relationship and Sex Education

The Jigsaw unit 'Changing me' is covered by all year groups in EWPS. This unit includes Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)  in the context of looking at change.

'Relationship and Health aspects of PSHE will become compulsory in all schools from 2020' 

Effective RSE can make a significant contribution to the development of the personal skills needed by pupils if they are to establish and maintain relationships.  It also enables children and young people to make responsible and informed decisions about their health and well-being.

It is important to note that the RSE at our school sits within the school’s values framework and that we consider it vital to do this work in partnership with parents and carers. Since introducing the Jigsaw scheme into EWPS in 2014, we have run four parent RSE workshops led by a trained Jig Saw consultant.  This has allowed parents to have the opportunity to look through the Jigsaw RSE content and strengthen the RSE knowledge. 

We are mindful that parents/carers do have the legal right to withdraw their children from the RSE that is part of the Jigsaw Programme. It is always hoped that here at Ellen Wilkinson Primary  we can find a way to keep all children involved in RSE . Should a parent/carer wish to do so, they must firstly request a meeting with the Head teacher to discuss the concerns in order to come to an agreement. 

Click the link below find out specific learning intentions for each year group in the ‘Changing Me’ unit.

Curriculum map and key documents

Curriculum Overview- add link
'Changing Me' specific learning intentions   Currently Under Review, Guidance from Newham.
Jigsaw website


Subject Lead
Joanne Higgins