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Our Intent PSHE (Incl. RSE)

At Lutterworth High School, 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.

We currently use the Jigsaw platform which provides a programme which offers a comprehensive, carefully thought-through scheme of work bringing consistency and progression to our students’ learning.

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.

We also provide assemblies and focus days throughout the year to address topical content aimed at addressing concerns both nationally and locally to each year group.

Statutory RSE and Health Education

“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.

The DfE Guidance 2019 integrates Relationships and Sex Education at secondary school level.

Most of the DfE outcomes relating to Sex Education sit within the ‘Intimate and sexual relationships, including sexual health’ section of the guidance and include aspects like:

  • the facts about reproductive health.
  • the facts about the full range of contraceptive choices.
  • how the different sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDS, are transmitted.
  • how to get further advice.
  • consent and the law.                                                                                                                                                                                                                             DfE Guidance page 29.

Further information regarding RSE lessons that will be delivered to students is shared with parents ahead of time.

Course Overview

The Jigsaw Programme 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 units and these are taught across the school; the learning deepens and broadens every year.

Cycle, Puzzle (Unit) and Content

1: 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.

2: Celebrating Difference 

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

3: 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.

4: Healthy Me 

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

5: Relationships

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

6. Changing Me 

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


Baseline, and summative assessment opportunities are afforded in every unit in PSHE. Our summative assessments allow students to apply the knowledge they have accumulated in each topic and staff are able to look out for additional opportunities to provide support in our students learning journeys.

Opt out policy

“Parents have the right to request that their child be withdrawn from some or all of sex education delivered as part of statutory RSE…

… except in exceptional circumstances, the school should respect the parents’ request to withdraw the child, up to and until three terms before the child turns 16. After that point, if the child wishes to receive sex education rather than be withdrawn, the school should make arrangements to provide the child with sex education during one of those Terms”.

DfE Guidance pages 17/18.