Personal Development

In our school we ensure the personal development of our children is at the forefront of our minds. Our curriculum is centred on a nurturing approach, acquisition of language and rising aspirations. It is our intent that we provide a PSHE curriculum which is bespoke for our children, allowing them to develop and succeed with high aspirations. Respect, Resilience and Reflection are key attributes which are constantly being promoted in our school (particularly through our House reward system), ensuring that children are continuing developing personally both inside and outside of school. We understand we are crucial in ensuring our children are prepared and ready for the challenges and influences they will face in society, and it is imperative our children understand the key role they can have within our community.

PSHE/ Jigsaw in school

Our school follows the Jigsaw PSHE 3-11 scheme. This is a scheme that begins in Nursery and will progress through until year 6. It allows classes to have age appropriate learning experiences that progress in order to allow children to navigate their world and develop positive relationship with others, and themselves. The scheme focusses on six key areas:

  • Being Me in My World: Includes understanding my place in the class, school and global community as well as devising Learning Charters
  • Celebrating Difference: Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and diversity work
  • Dreams and Goals: Includes goal-setting, aspirations for yourself and the world and working together
  • Healthy Me: Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices
  • Relationships: Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills
  • Changing Me: Includes age-appropriate sex and relationships education in the context of coping positively with change

The Jigsaw scheme is imperative to the ethos and aims of our curriculum intent, in which we want to promote here at Macaulay Academy. In order to promote this, each half term is introduced by a whole-school assembly in which the focus area is introduced and children learn songs in singing assembly which link to this. Certificates and recognition are given to children who are excelling in each domain, both in class and as a whole-school. We strongly believe that the Jigsaw scheme assists us achieving our aim: to prepare children for the challenges and opportunities they will face as the next generation of adults shaping our community.  


Throughout the curriculum children are given opportunities to develop their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Children are shown how to be respectful and have an understanding of other’s faiths, feelings and values and, in turn, be reflective about their own. Our behaviour policy is consistent across the school, meaning all children understand the difference between right and wrong as well as appropriate sanctions and consequences both inside school and outside in the community. Children are taught about choices, and how important decisions can have consequences with the rules of law and democracy.

British Values

The academy provides visits and visitors to promote the development of British Values and the importance of keeping safe. Pupils visit the Houses of Parliament and democratic voting systems are used in school for our ‘secret vote’ reward systems. School rules are promoted throughout the academy as the children become familiar with respect and acceptance of rules. A range of oracy work is present across the school to ensure children are learning about respect, tolerance and the freedom of expressing opinion whilst accepting others. Visitors provide information for children regarding fire safety, road safety, respect for the community and water safety. The school promotes healthy eating and the importance of eating a good breakfast, with breakfast bagels and healthy snacks at breaks. In addition, children participate in the Golden Mile 3 times a week as well as regular sporting and fitness events.


Our Sex and Relationship Education is provided within our Jigsaw scheme. Children are provided with age appropriate, progressive sessions so our children are prepared and ready for changes with their body, sex education and healthy relationships. An inclusive ethos is promoted, understanding that differences, such as those of sexual orientation, gender, religion or race, should be celebrated. Online and offline risks are discussed, which is elaborated further in our E Safety policy.