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Physical, Social, Health and Citizenship Education

PSHCE: Key Stage 3

Citizenship is a key aspect of the course and during these lessons students will learn many aspects of the topic. The areas covered are outlined below.

Students find out about the development of the political system of democratic government in the United Kingdom, including the roles of citizens, Parliament and the monarch including voting and elections, and the role of political parties.

It is important that they understand the precious liberties enjoyed by the citizens of the United Kingdom and how this links to the justice system, including the role of the police and the operation of courts and tribunals.

The roles played by public institutions and voluntary groups in society, and the ways in which citizens work together to improve their communities, including opportunities to participate in school-based activities.

Finally studying economic wellbeing which includes the functions and uses of money, the importance and practice of budgeting, and managing risk.

Sex and Relationship Education is lifelong learning about physical, sexual, moral and emotional development. It is about the understanding of the importance of stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care, for family life. It involves acquiring information, developing skills and forming positive beliefs, values and attitudes.

The Careers programme includes Careers education sessions within PSHCE, career guidance activities (group work and individual interviews), information and research activities. The focus in Years 7 and 8 is on aspiration and future plans.  In Year 9 this also includes self -assessment, career paths and option/choices.

Subject Content: Year 7

Students in Year 7 cover a wide range of topics linked to the content above which aims is to help them become confident adults who can take responsibility for themselves and others in the relationships they form.

The core areas covered in Year 7 include Transition, Citizenship, Careers, Personal Safety, 1st Aid and SRE.

Subject Content: Year 8

Students in Year 8 cover a wide range of topics linked to the content above which aims is to help them become confident adults who can take responsibility for themselves and others in the relationships they form.

The core areas covered in Year 8 include CreativeThinkers, SRE, Careers, Personal Safety, Citizenship, Personal Safety and 1st Aid.

Subject Content: Year 9

Students in Year 9 cover a wide range of topics linked to the content above which aims is to help them become confident adults who can take responsibility for themselves and others in the relationships they form.

The core areas covered in Year 9 include Creative Thinkers, SRE, Citizenship, Careers, Personal Safety and 1st Aid.

KS3 Skills Taught

This broad and balanced curriculum promotes the development of good behaviour and safety and the students develop their understanding of spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness. Alongside this they develop skills which will teach them how to research and interrogate evidence, debate and evaluate viewpoints, present reasoned arguments and take informed action.

Key Stage 4

Subject Content

Citizenship is a key aspect of the course and during these lessons students will learn many aspects of the topic. The areas covered are outlined below.

It is important that students understand the different ways in which a citizen can contribute to the improvement of their community, to include the opportunity to participate actively in community volunteering, as well as other forms of responsible activity. They also begin to understand diverse national, regional, religious and ethnic identities in the United Kingdom and the need for mutual respect.

As an active citizen students will need to learn about The legal system and electoral system used in and beyond the United Kingdom and actions citizens can take in democratic and electoral processes to influence decisions locally, nationally and beyond.

Students then learn about Parliamentary democracy and local, regional and international governance and the United Kingdom’s relations with the rest of Europe, the Commonwealth, the United Nations and the wider world including human rights and international law.

Finally studying economic wellbeing which includes income and expenditure, credit and debt, insurance, savings and pensions, financial products and services, and how public money is raised and spent.

Sex and Relationship Education is lifelong learning about physical, sexual, moral and emotional development. It is about the understanding of the importance of stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care, for family life. It involves acquiring information, developing skills and forming positive beliefs, values and attitudes.

The Careers programme includes Careers education sessions within PSHCE, work-related learning (including work experience) careers talks/external visitors and action planning at KS4.

Skills Taught

Whilst studying this subject, students will acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole school approach, it develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. Alongside this they develop skills which will teach them how to research and interrogate evidence, debate and evaluate viewpoints, present reasoned arguments and take informed action as well as develop their understanding of spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness.

 

Key Stage 4

Personal and Social Education Award
Exam Board: AQA
Subject Content

The course will comprise of 4 units including:

  • Being a Critical Consumer
  • Drugs Awareness
  • Applying for Jobs and Course
  • Emotional Wellbeing

 

Being a Critical Consumer

This unit is about learning about how society is able to consume products i.e. online, at supermarkets, local stores. It will focus on how to research information and find information on certain products. It will also look at how marketing strategies are used and what ‘fashion’ means in this context.

Learning how to write a letter and make a formal complaint and to who too will develop an understanding of customer rights.

A financial element will look at the difference between debit/credit cards including APR.

Drugs Awareness

This unit is about the use of drugs and alcohol. It explores the dangers of drinking alcohol and taking drugs and the impact they have socially as well as physically and mentally. This scheme will look at various types of drugs and identify the consequences of being in possession and taking drugs illegally. Differentiating safe/unsafe, legal/illegal substances and understanding the difference between alcohol units and volume will be established. The impact substances have on a person’s health and implications will be studied and understood.

Applying for Jobs and Courses

This unit will focus on preparing a CV and planning a letter of application in preparation for applying for jobs. The etiquette for job interviews and good answers will be explored and practiced.

Emotional Wellbeing

In this unit emotions will be identified relating to a variety of situations. It will explore how self-esteem and self-belief can be improved and the effect bullying can have both physically and mentally.

Skills Taught

  • Group work and communication
  • ICT (creating a tabular report)
  • Deciphering Information

Assessment Detail

An award will be given based on meeting the assessment criteria for all four units which will be recorded in their booklets. Example:

Unit 1: Written Exam (20% of Overall Grade)

Unit 2: Controlled Assessment (30% of Overall Grade)

Unit 3: Written Exam (20% of Overall Grade)

Unit 4: Controlled Assessment (30% of Overall Grade)