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Citizenship and PSHEE


Citizenship/PSHE is taught throughout the school using a variety of resources including textbooks, student discussions and presentations by guest speakers. The programme follows National Curriculum recommendations, responds to the needs of different year groups and is flexible to enable us to respond to relevant issues in politics and the media.  The aim of Citizenship is to help students prepare for adult life in modern Britain, to be active and informed citizens who support our school ethos which promotes equality and care for others.

The aim of PSHE is to help students manage different kinds of risk, make informed decisions, consider a range of views and express themselves confidently.

Year 7

Year 7 study the importance of healthy eating, the dangers of obesity and the importance of exercise. Students learn basic facts on drug use, the law and about internet safety. Year 7 also learn about sexual relationships during puberty and how to deal with emotional and mental health. In Citizenship students study beliefs, customs and festivals, children’s rights, community involvement, the system of government, law making, the role of the monarchy and budgeting.

Year 8

Year 8 students continue to explore the themes started in Year 7. They have the opportunity to explore the importance of self-esteem, body image and the influence of the media. Year 8 learn about sexual relationships and they explore what makes a healthy and loving relationship. Students explore how to keep safe and manage risky situations both in the home and the wider community. Students explore the dangers of drugs and the law. In Citizenship students study diversity within Britain, law and the justice system, the role of the police, how to form and express opinions as well as the European Union.

Year 9

In addition to further developing the topics covered in previous years, students in Year 9 study personal safety and risky situations focusing on e-safety, knife/gang culture, sexual exploitation and FGM.  Relationship education develops an understanding of sexually transmitted diseases, the law and sexual activity as well as local health services. All relationship lessons are taught in the context of Catholic values and we follow the Diocese programme called “Journey of Love”. In Citizenship students study racism, prejudice and discrimination, law and the justice system, power of the press, local government and financial awareness.

Years 10 and 11

During key stage 4 topics covered include emotional health and healthy lifestyles focusing on obesity, drugs and alcohol, relationships and family life, relationship abuse/domestic violence, forced marriage, sexual exploitation, homophobia, sexual harassment and sexism in the workplace. In Citizenship students study the legal system in the UK, human rights, international law, the European Union, the role of the European Parliament , the Commonwealth, United Nations, parliament and economy, and volunteering.