A PRIMARY school in Stourport has been awarded flagship status for its commitment to personal, social and health education (PSHE).

St Bartholomew’s CE Primary School was recognised for successfully implementing the Jigsaw whole school action plan, which aims to provide a mindful approach to PSHE, and for creating a positive learning community and sharing its expertise with other schools.

Headteacher Ian James said: "As a school we wholeheartedly believe in the importance of developing emotional literacy, social skills and spiritual development in every child.

"Through the adoption of Jigsaw PSHE as a whole school approach we are able connect the pieces of personal, social and health education in line with our school values and ethos.”

Learning takes place through structured 'Jigsaw puzzles' designed to enhance children's understanding of topics like safeguarding, British values, spiritual, moral, social and cultural education (SMSC), anti-bullying and positive attitudes.

Jigsaw lead teachers Laura Graham and Jess Denton added: "Jigsaw’s unique programme provides all teaching resources and on-going support and updates which are developed through assemblies, weekly classroom learning activities and awards at our celebration assembly every Friday.

"A flexible delivery model is supportive for teachers, complemented by a whole school approach which is highly motivating for pupils.”