PSHE and Citizenship
PSHE and Citizenship is a member of the Social Studies Faculty
Ms A Muphy - Assistant Headteacher - Strategic overview of Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG)
Mrs K Lovewell - Head of Social Studies Faculty & Head of PSHE
Mr L Prior - Careers Advisor
Mrs V Chandarana - Administration Assistant
What is PSHE?
In short, PSHE education can be described as 'learning to live life well'. PSHE deals with real life social and economic issues affecting children and young people, their families and communities.
Why is PSHE important to young people?
PSHE education equips young people with knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive, fulfilled, capable and responsible lives. PSHE also encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in managing their finances effectively. It enables children and young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes, and explore the complex, and sometimes conflicting, range of values and attitudes they will encounter now and in the future.
How is it taught?
PSHE is taught through three pathways: Learning for Life, PSHE and Citizenship.
Learning for Life is delivered weekly by your child’s Form Tutor. In this programme aspects of PSHE and Citizenship are taught. These topics include:
Learning styles, study skills and teamwork
Sex and relationship education
Key Stage 3
Currently all Year 7 students have one Citizenship lesson a week. In this course, they cover the 3 key themes of Citizenship: rights and responsibilities; diversity and democracy; and government. All students also participate in the Year 7 Speak up Challenge, where we explore what it takes to be an outstanding presenter. In the summer term, we host the Year 7 elections and every student participates in their form’s election campaign. Students also have the chance to be selected to attend a rewards trip to The Houses of Parliament.
All students will have a 2 or 3 week homework project to do each term which will explore the 3 key themes cited above.
Key Stage 4
In addition to Learning for Life, in Year 10 all students follow a GCSE short course in PSHE which covers the statutory guidance in this curriculum area. The course is Level 1 and 2 Certificate in Preparation for Working Life (4800). The content includes:
Healthy Lifestyles for work-life balance
Relationships and the Differences Between People
The Changing World of Work
Applying for Jobs and Courses
Economic and Financial Aspects of Life
Hazard Identification at Home, on the Roads and at Work.
How and when will I be assessed?
Assessment is divided into two sections:
There is one written exam paper carrying 80% of the final grade. All year 10 students sit this exam in the summer term of year 10.
There are three individual pieces of coursework involving a letter of application for a job or course, a Curriculum Vitae and Notes on Interview Preparation. These will count for 20% of the final grade.
The PSHE course is supported and developed through a practical experience of having a mock interview with representatives from local businesses. Additionally, all Year 10 students undertake a week of work experience in the Spring term.
For more information see also “Careers Department” within the School Life section of the website.