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PSHE & Citizenship

PSHE and Citizenship form a vital part of the school’s contribution to the ‘Every Child Matter’s’ Agenda. This agenda aims to support the well-being and holistic development of every child.

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

PSHE is taught as timetabled lessons throughout Years 9, 10 and 11. It is a progressive programme that builds on the work covered in Primary Schools, so some topics are covered on more than one occasion to enable appropriate information to be given to each age group.

Topics include relationships, staying safe, families, bereavement, self-esteem, eating disorders, smoking, alcohol, drugs, puberty, contraception, STIs and homophobia. Information is delivered by trained staff that remain up to date with current affairs surrounding these issues.  We use some outside specialists to run sessions in year 9 to further enhance the pupils’ knowledge of certain topics such as alcohol and the law.

Our aim is to deliver PSHE lessons in a healthy atmosphere where pupils can share experiences, ask questions and develop skills that are not necessarily expressed in other areas of the curriculum. Our PSHE programme enables pupils to make decisions based on correct information and ultimately reduce risk taking behaviour. We emphasise the importance of respect for one’s self and other people in the hope that pupils grow in to healthy, confident young adults who value stable and loving relationships.

Parents now have a right to withdraw their children from Sex Education lessons and this will be respected. However we hope that by working together to meet the needs of pupils, requests will be infrequent. Any such request should be made to the Headteacher.

Citizenship through PSHE

Citizenship is a fundamental part of every aspect of the curriculum however specific citizenship lessons are covered through the PSHE timetable. These are focused on the broad topic of Human Rights and allow discussion on subjects such as racism, democracy, poverty, slavery, justice and being a citizen. This ensures that pupils are developing their research and communication skills as well as learning how to contribute positively to society on a local and global scale.

Citizenship at GCSE

Citizenship studies is now a GCSE option (GCSE AQA specification 8100) which investigates how the citizen is enabled by society to play a full and active part, and how citizens are empowered to effect change within society. Citizenship understanding develops through the knowledge of how a society operates, functions and its underlying values.

The subject content for GCSE Citizenship is divided into three core teaching themes:

  1. Life in Modern Britain
  2. Rights and Responsibilities
  3. Politics and Participation

The GCSE is assessed by 2 written exam papers.

Our GCSE in Citizenship Studies introduces students to key citizenship issues and helps them develop a practical understanding of what it means to be a citizen today. They acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to think critically and play a positive role in public life.

Related Careers

  • Lawyer.
  • Community Worker.
  • Economist.
  • Police Officer.
  • Equality and Diversity Officer.
  • Solicitor.
  • Police Community Support Officer.
  • Local Government Administrator.

Further information can be found on the AQA website by following this link