What does PSHE look like?

PSHE stands for Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education. It includes the new RSE Relationships and Sex Education curriculum.

Here at Brill we believe it is important to deliver a varied, vibrant and up to date PSHE curriculum that is intertwined with our Christian School Values in order to empower our children to thrive in 21st century life. 

All children take part in weekly PSHE lessons which are engaging and relevant for their age group. We use the ‘Jigsaw – The Mindful Approach to PSHE’ scheme to provide a scaffolding of progression across the school. The whole school engages in half termly the following topics – Being me in my world, Celebrating Difference, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and Changing Me. We supplement this through related topic work, enrichment of learning through Forest School and actively teaching emotional regulation and our approach to Personal Development including community links, visitors, trips and residentials.

Mrs Busby
Mrs Busby

Higher Level Teaching Assistant, Year 1 / Pastoral Lead

Additionally, at Brill School, our Christian Values are embedded into daily school life and the curriculum. We believe placing our Values at the centre of school life produces empathetic, resilient and compassionate individuals that are not only proud of themselves but empowered to use their education to contribute to their diverse and ever changing world. 


At Brill School, Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) and Relationship and Sex education (RSE) equips our children to become healthy, self-confident, independent and responsible members of a diverse and changing world.

Our intention is for our PSHE curriculum to form a foundational part of children’s education and enable them to understand their personal and social development.

We strive to provide our children with a wide range of exciting opportunities and enriching experiences to enable them to thrive in all aspects of their lives and empower them to play a positive role in contributing to school and the wider world.


At Brill School we deliver the PSHE curriculum to provides each ‘Brill Child’ with a chance to reflect, discuss and learn about topics critical to being happy, resilient and responsible citizens.

We use the Jigsaw scheme to ensure progression and coverage of the national curriculum including the importance of emotional wellbeing, physical activity, healthy diet, drugs education, financial education, personal safety, relationship and sex education (RSE) and active citizenship.

We enrich this in a wide variety of ways;

  • our school Values which we are currently reviewing collaboratively
  • careful attention to being inclusive of our more vulnerable pupils though Pupil Premium strategy and Safeguarding
  • our Behaviour management – Ready, respectful and safe.
  • embedding of Zones of Regulation to build emotional literacy
  • Forest School to develop emotional wellbeing, inquisitive learning, and healthy response to risk
  • Brill Eco Action;
  • enriching and valuing Diversity throughout our curriculm
  • Personal Development including leadership roles and enriching experiences
  • P4C (Philosophy for Children) challenging children with barriers in UKS2 to think critically;


Our children and staff understand that our values, wellbeing, mental health and good citizenship are at the heart of education at Brill School. Through our curriculum, we provide the ‘Brill Child’ with the skills and knowledge to nurture themselves and others as unique individuals, valuing differences and empowering them to actively and positively engage in the challenges of their ever changing wider world and contribute together to create a  brighter vision of the future.

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) 

What does RSE look like?

Dear Parents/Carers,

As a part of your child’s educational experience at Brill CE Primary, we aim to promote personal well being and development through a comprehensive taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education that gives children and young people the knowledge, under-standing, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.

As you may already be aware, the Department for Education has announced changes to relationships and sex education following nationwide consultation. These changes will come into effect from September 2020 and all schools will be required to comply with the updated requirements. The statutory guidance can be found at:

The new guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It also covers a wide range of topics relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships.

Learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up will give children and young people the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and help them take responsibility for their own well-being.

Consequently, from September 2020, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), along with Health Education, will be statutory, and form part of the National Curriculum.
This means that we have been reviewing our RSE curriculum and policy so we can be sure our RSE provision is appropriate for our pupils based on their:

  • Age
  • Physical and emotional maturity
  • Religious and cultural backgrounds
  • Special educational needs and disabilities

Whilst I am sure that there will be differences of opinion about this, we hope that consulting with you will help to inform our schools’ decisions on when and how certain content is covered, and enable us to reach a general consensus. Consequently, as part of our curriculum review we would your views on:

  • Our draft policy for Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
  • When and how certain content within this subject is covered.

What is taught, and how, is ultimately a decision for the school and consultation does not provide a parental veto on curriculum content as schools are legally required to teach the National Curriculum. The right to withdraw children from some lessons is explained in the FAQs which is on our website (see below).

As school community ,we are currently in unprecedented times which make it a little more challenging to consult with you. To help you understand the curriculum requirements, I have placed information on our website which I would encourage you to read. Part of this is a Presentation for Parents which I would ordinarily have shared with you in person, and another sheet which aims to respond to the questions that I anticipated might be asked. On our website, I have included:

  • A summary of what all pupils are expected to know by the end of primary school,
  • A powerpoint presentation for parents (also saved as a PDF)
  • FAQ sheet,
  • Our proposed draft Policy for Relationships, Sex and Health Education
  • DfE guidance that outlines statutory requirements

This can all be found on our school website in the Parents Section (Relationships & Sex Education (RSE) Consultation)

Brill CE Primary School will be starting their consultation process on Wednesday 19th August 2020, the consultation will close on the 2nd September 2020.

Your views are very important to us, please send any thoughts, views or feedback directly to and we will respond to you on the outcome of this process within the Autumn term. Once we have considered all the feedback, the finalised Relationships and Sex Education Policy will be uploaded to the school’s website which will also set out the proposed curriculum.

I hope this letter and the attached information goes some way to answer any questions you may have. If you have any queries or concerns regarding the consultation process, please do not hesitate to contact the school.

Kind regards,

Louise White


PSHE - Piecing the Jigsaw together...

Brill School follows the PSHE/RSE scheme 'Jigsaw'. Jigsaw is compliant with the new DfE 2020 Statutory Requirements and every child here at Brill has one session a week. 

The name 'Jigsaw' was chosen for the scheme as it carefully connects the pieces of Personal, Social and Health Education, emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development. All these pieces are important for our children to reach their potential and thrive as active citizens in the 21st century. The content of this scheme involves a progressive, whole school approach which aims to help children know, value and articulate who they truly are and understand how they relate to other people in our diverse and ever-changing world.

We enrich this through related topic work ensuring that we actively expose Brill children to wider diversity in their learning; with our approach to a challenging Personal Development; challenging children in a rich Forest School programme and  actively teaching emotional regulation.

Our week ends with our Wellbeing afternoon which includes teaching mindfulness so that children learn to experience stillness, practise developing their emotional awareness, concentration and focus. We also have relaxation stations in out classrooms and weekly whole class reflection times.

Our School Values

Our Christian Values of Hope, Honesty, Compassion and Courage rooted in Love are the foundation of all learning at Brill School. Each half term we have a value that we particularly focus on. We want our children to learn to deeply understand these values and actively practice them.

Our Behaviour management is based on high expectations of the children being READY to learn, RESPECTFUL to all, and taking on responsibility to make school SAFE for everyone. 

Children are recognised throughout the school day for living these values through our class Dojo reward system. Our Star of the Week assembly celebrates a child each week who has shone.

At the end of each term we will celebrate our Values in a  donation to a relevant organisation so that the children can contribute to their wider world.

Previously we  have adopted a lion to celebrate courage, supported education for girls in poorer communities to celebrate diversity and Shelter at Christmas.

Emotional wellbeing is the foundation for learning

We identified in the term after lockdown a reduction in resilience in the children’s learning. We responded by introducing and now embedding the identification of emotions and strategies to help ourselves using Zones of Regulation.

Our Forest School program also provides a real world context to develop personal skills.

We have refreshed our Behaviour management to be clear and consistent across the school in handling behaviour. The children, all understand they need to Be Ready, Be Safe and Be Respectful.

Staff have worked together to develop helpful scripts for heightened situations.

Our PSHE curriculum ensures every child develops skills to communicate about their feelings and to look after their wider wellbeing.

We also run a variety of tailored programmes to meet group and individual needs including Lego therapy and Drawing and Talking.

This academic year we are finally back to fully welcoming our parents into school. The culture of including parents in the school did suffer during Covid 19.

 As part of this initiative and in response to very positive feedback, we are again running ACE (Adult Child Empathy) for parents.

ACE - Parent Group

An eight week programme of interactive sessions designed to support parents to nurture emotional wellbeing in their children, reduce parental stress and help their children thrive. This initiative supports our understanding that education of the whole child begins in the home and when school and parents work together children can be the best they can be.

ACE for parents is a place where all child behaviours can be discussed confidentially and addressed in non-judgemental and supportive ways.  The sessions are fun and enable you build your own toolkit to support you and your child and help your family create happy years ahead.

This course has been developed by an experienced play-therapist who worked together with Mrs Keeping to deliver our first two courses. Mrs. Keeping is our Forest School teacher and Pastoral Lead. and will be working together to deliver this course with Marleen Reinke.

Specialised extras that we offer in school

Drawing and Talking Group

Children develop understanding of their emotions, draw them and talk about how to handle them in small supportive groups. Mrs. Keeping sees a developing confidence in vocabulary and increasing trust in each other as they listen to each other and discover their feelings are often mirrored by other children.



"I like PSHE lessons because you do fun learning through crafts and I like solving problems about life."

Year 3 child

"During PSHE lessons we learn lots about different things and can let our feelings out."

Year 5 child

"From walking around school and interacting with our pupils it is clear to see that our School Values are known by children across all age groups and their meanings are embedded.

There is a positive attitude towards PSHE. From our pupil voice session children said they enjoy the variety of learning styles and approaches in PSHE lessons and recording these in their scrapbooks. What children really buzz about is the Mystery Prize. I wish I could win one!"

Rebecca Field (PSHE Governor)

"A broad and highly creative curriculum provides excellent spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) provision, resulting in the development of caring, reflective and articulate pupils."

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International School Award
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