A high-quality citizenship education helps to provide pupils with knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society. In particular, citizenship education should foster pupils’ keen awareness and understanding of democracy, government and how laws are made and upheld. Teaching should equip pupils with the skills and knowledge to explore political and social issues critically, to weigh evidence, debate and make reasoned arguments. It should also prepare pupils to take their place in society as responsible citizens, manage their money well and make sound financial decisions. The PSHE side of the subject covers Sex and Relationships Education to ensure all students become safe, healthy and confident individuals in all aspects of their relationships.
Key Stage 3 content:
Thinking about what do you want to achieve in your lifetime.
Including homework, prioritising, teamwork, research skills and goal setting. Relationships. Including friendships, puberty and an introduction to reproduction.
Including taking risks, safety in and out of the home, using mobiles and the internet safely including cyber-bullying.
Thinking about the future, how to manage money, raise money and budget.
Rights and Responsibilities
Young people and the law, respect, local and global communities.
Communication, body image, gender stereotyping, and changing relationships
Sex and relationships
Puberty, myths and facts, consent, FGM awareness, same sex relationships and STI’s.
Diversity, prejudice, discrimination and equality, human rights
Alcohol and Drugs
Identifying and researching possible careers
Individual presentations to develop speaking and listening with peer assessment.
Sex and relationships
Information and advice including contraception and STI advice from the school nurse.
Options and careers
In RE lessons we also cover the ethics of abortion, euthanasia and capital punishment, and the ethics of war and pacifism including the meaning of Jihad and extremism and radicalisation.
Number of lessons per year group – 1 per fortnight for Years 7 and 8. Year 9 PSHE content is covered in two off-timetable sessions over the year and through RE lessons.
Key Stage 4 content:
Career options, work experience, writing letters and interviews
Taking risks, alcohol and consent, FGM awareness, teen drivers, drugs, risky Sex, STI’s, grooming, sexting and social media and PREVENT.
The social, emotional and economic implications of pregnancy, good parenting
Mental Health Issues
Depression and a variety of mental health disorders
Further education and apprenticeships, higher education, work experience expectations, work ethic
Abusive relationships, effects of pornography, consent, sexuality and gender, gender stereotyping and equality
Exam board – N/A
Papers and content – N/A
Number of lessons per year group – 1 per fortnight.