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Personal Development (PD) is at the heart of our school learning journey.  It encourages, promotes and develops a range of skills and attributes that allow children to be life-long learners, in line with our trust vision of ‘Inspiring the individuals of today, for a better society tomorrow’.


We support children to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, our PD curriculum develops the qualities and attributes children need to thrive as individuals, family members and active members of their communities in modern Britain. PD prepares pupils  to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times. It also helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure to fulfill their academic potential.


Our whole school approach promotes effective relationships between all members of the school community. Our PD curriculum assists children and young people in building their personal identities, confidence and self-esteem, enabling them to understand what influences their decisions. Developing self-understanding, empathy and the ability to work with others helps our pupils to enjoy healthy and productive relationships in all aspects of their lives. 

Our personal development curriculum is delivered through teaching in PSHE, RSHE and RE.  However it is also implicit and woven into everything we do from Riviera Citizens to our school values. 


At Roselands, we use the Jigsaw resource across the whole school.  Jigsaw brings together PSHE Education, emotional literacy, mindfulness, social skills and spiritual development.  Jigsaw is designed as a whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (Puzzle) at the same time. This enables each Puzzle to start with an introductory assembly, generating a whole school focus for adults and children alike.


The programme of study is adapted to provide a relevant and age appropriate curriculum. Jigsaw is designed as a spiraling whole school approach, with all year groups working on the same theme (puzzle piece) at the same time.


There are six Puzzles in Jigsaw that are designed to progress in sequence from September to July. Each Puzzle begins with an introductory whole school assembly and the specially composed original songs are introduced to reinforce the learning messages.


Autumn 1


Being Me in My World

Includes understanding my place in the class, school and global community as well as devising Learning Charters

Autumn 2

Celebrating Difference

Includes anti-bullying (cyber and homophobic bullying included) and diversity work

Spring 1

Dreams and Goals

Includes goal-setting, aspirations, working together to design and organise fund-raising events

Spring 2

Healthy Me

Includes drugs and alcohol education, self-esteem and confidence as well as healthy lifestyle choices

Summer 1


Includes understanding friendship, family and other relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills in Relationship Education

Summer 2

Changing Me

Includes Relationships and Sex Education in the context of looking at change


Each Piece has two Learning Intentions: one is based on specific PSHE learning and one is based on emotional literacy and social skills development to enhance children’s emotional and mental health. Every Piece contributes to at least one of these aspects of children’s development.

Mindfulness is at the heart of the Jigsaw scheme and each session starts with a mindfulness activity promoting focus and concentration to ensure children are ready for learning.  The Jigsaw Charter encourages positive behaviours for learning and respect for others.  Each year group has a specific Jigsaw piece who helps, during discussions, with the expectations of the Charter. As the piece is passed round the circle of children, it is a tool to enable everyone to have a voice.

During the year we supplement the scheme with cross curricular activities making sure that children learn about how to keep safe: Safety around Fireworks, Road Safety, Safety in the home, Sun Safety, On-line Safety, Water safety etc.


Living in Torbay, we want to ensure our children are supported within our local context e.g. predominantly white/British, living in a coastal community and poor oral health.  Roselands will adapt our personal development curriculum for the needs of the children in our school.