Curriculum

PSHE & CITIZENSHIP

The PSHE & Citizenship curriculum encourages pupils to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of democracy, government and law. Pupils will learn about their rights and responsibilities, both as individuals and as part of the wider community, and will explore many of the issues faced by young people – both in and outside of the school environment.

Pupils will learn about freedom of speech and gain an understanding of the political and legal landscape and the importance of fundamental British values. They will develop the ability to create sustained and reasoned arguments, present their own viewpoints and those of others, and plan practical citizenship action that delivers benefits for society.

Pupils will also be taught practical life skills, such as how to manage their money effectively, how to budget and save, how to plan for their future careers and harness their entrepreneurial skills, how to foster positive and supportive relationships with others, and how to safeguard their physical and mental health.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
  • Pupil Council
  • Campaigning/voting
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Young people and the law – children’s rights
  • Making the right choices
  • Criminal justice system
  • A diverse Britain
  • Being balanced vs extremism
  • You and your money-managing
  • Consumer rights/responsibilities
  • Internet safety
  • Cyber-bullying
  • Pupil council and leadership
  • Active citizens
  • What is the media?
  • Media and drug abuse
  • E-safety, netiquettes
  • Computer Misuse Act
  • Relationship breakdown
  • Role plays
  • Why we have laws
  • Racism, prejudice and discrimination
  • Learning pathways
  • Careers guidance
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Political power in the UK
  • Government
  • Bringing about political change
  • Principles and values in Britain
  • Identity
  • Media and the free press
  • UK’s role in global organisations
  • Engagement in society
  • Taking citizenship action
  • Advocacy of a key organisation
  • Political power in the UK
  • Government
  • Bringing about political change
  • Principles and values in Britain
  • Identity
  • Media and the free press
  • UK’s role in global organisations
  • Engagement in society
  • Taking citizenship action
  • Advocacy of a key organisation
  • N/A – this qualification is completed in Year 10
Assessment

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification: AQA GCSE Citizenship Studies (8100)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of social enterprise and community service projects throughout the year. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.