From September 2020, Relationships Education became compulsory for all pupils receiving primary education. The DFE guidance defines RSE as “lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about the understanding of the importance of marriage and family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care.
The PSHE (Physical, Social, Health, and Economic Education) and RSE (Relationships, Sex Education) curriculum at St Neot School embraces each child, offering them a safe opportunity to explore themselves, relationships and the wider-world around them.
PSHE and RSE provide plentiful opportunities to voice opinions and clarify understanding, encouraging openness within discussion which contributes to the personal development of each individual. The range of aims and activities covered also help our children to appreciate the diverse communities in which we live contributing to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
We offer a valuable curriculum in which information is shared with our children to empower them to make positive decisions about their own health and wellbeing, allowing them to recognise when issues arise, knowing how to seek support as early as possible from appropriate sources. In essence, the curriculum aims to promote positive physical, mental and emotional well-being, which is fundamental in the lives of our children both now and as they grow and mature.

Formally, we teach PSHE using the Jigsaw Scheme of Work. This is in line with the DfE statutory and recommended guidelines (September 2020) which identifies three core learning themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world. Jigsaw is a comprehensive programme which has a strong emphasis on ‘emotional literacy, building resilience and nurturing mental and physical health’.


It incorporates the statutory Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education and is progressive so that children build on their knowledge, understanding and skills each year. All classes study six half termly units of work which fit together.  These units are as follows:

  • Being Me in My World – understanding my place in the class, school and global community

  • Celebrating Difference – Anti-bullying and diversity

  • Dreams and Goals – goal setting, setting aspirations for yourself and the world and working together

  • Healthy Me – includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem, confidence and healthy lifestyle choices

  • Relationships – understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills

  • Changing Me – sex and relationships education in the context of coping positively with change   


Our Golden Threads

In PSHE/RSE we become citizens of the world by having the opportunity to explore vital life skills and establishing an awareness of our role in the world.

We develop lifelong learning by exploring the power of our voice, asking questions, having confidence in ourselves as well as developing respect for others and their views.

We prepare for later life by discussing, questioning and securing our understanding of the differences within our world.