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.
Students are also encouraged to discuss issues regarding their emotional and economic wellbeing and how to develop healthy lifestyles and demonstrate safe behaviours. There is also an 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.
Young people learn the importance of developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people.
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.
Students study PSHE and Citizenship throughout their school career. In Years 7 and 8, students have classes once in a two week cycle, with an extra collapsed day in Year 8. From Year 9 to Year 11 the subject is taught through a series of collapsed days, where students are taken off timetable to discuss issues concerning health, work related learning and citizenship. In Key Stage 5 students learn PSHE and Citizenship through their tutorial programme and from external speakers who talk to them about a range of subjects.
Grouping & Setting
Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups.
Students are assessed as to how well they can apply their knowledge but more often as to how well they construct their ideas and thoughts about particular issues that they study. Students are given opportunities to discuss, to give presentations, to participate in group activities and to show leadership skills.