Jan Lever, Creator and Director of Jigsaw® PSHE and Discovery RE
Jan taught for 15 years from pre-school in America to a range of contexts in the UK from primary to sixth form, managing RE and PSHE (Personal, Social, Health Education) departments and pastoral care programmes.
10 years as a Local Authority School Improvement Adviser, focussing on RE and PSHE, and leading government projects from Healthy Schools to Targeted Mental Health in Schools, as well as being the Lead Assessor and South West Regional Adviser for the national PSHE CPD Programme gave Jan many opportunities to develop work in schools relating mental and emotional health to learning.
She is also a qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist with a small private practice, and now, in her freelance role and as Director of Jigsaw PSHE Ltd and JLECT, brings these professional fields together writing teaching and therapeutic materials underpinned by mindfulness philosophy and practice.
Jigsaw, the mindful approach to PSHE, launched in 213 and is already used by over 1000 primary schools in the UK and a growing number further afield, from Dubai to the Netherlands.
Jan leads training sessions in many contexts in the UK and abroad and remains passionate about children’s mental health, believing the better this is, the greater their capacity to learn and the richer the life chances afforded to them.