Personal, Social, Health and Education (PSHE) and Citizenship helps young people to grow and mature in a range of ways. They develop their knowledge and understanding about becoming informed citizens, discussing both local and global issues that affect today’s world. Topics range from maintaining a healthy lifestyle, both physically and mentally, online safety, forging and maintaining healthy relationships, the changing nature and diversity of families, the effect of the economy and financial management. Lessons are purposeful, engaging and extremely relevant.
At the heart of PSHE is a key emphasis on promoting the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect as well as a tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
In studying PSHE and Citizenship, students will improve their skills of enquiry, communication and participation. They will also grow in confidence and realise that they have a responsibility to make the most of their abilities and become positive citizens.
Students study PSHE and Citizenship throughout their school career. In Years 7, 8 and 9 students have one lesson a week, with some additional collapsed days which focus on a specific area of the curriculum.
From 2020 Year 10 will also have one PSHE lesson each two week cycle.
PSHE at Key Stage 5 is taught through a range of tutor sessions, assemblies, collapsed days and visits from external speakers and agencies.
Grouping & Setting
Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups.
Students are assessed three times throughout the year formally but more often as to how well they construct their ideas and thoughts about particular issues they study. Students are given opportunities to discuss, to give presentations, to participate in group activities and to show leadership skills.