Who are we?
Head of Department – Mrs R Allison
Teacher – Mrs R Henson
What do we do?
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) helps young people to embrace change, feel positive about who they are and enjoy healthy, safe, responsible and fulfilled lives. Through active learning opportunities, students are taught to recognise and manage risk and learn to take increasing responsibility for themselves.
Students learn about their rights, responsibilities, duties and freedoms and how they can play an active role in the life of their schools, neighbourhoods, communities and wider society. Students are encouraged to respect all nationalities and religious and ethnic backgrounds.
PSHCE equips students with the knowledge and abilities needed for effective and democratic participation. It helps them to become informed, critical, active citizens who have the confidence and belief to work collaboratively, and try to make a difference in their communities and the wider world. PSHCE addresses issues relating to social justice, human rights, community cohesion and encourages students to challenge injustice, prejudice and discrimination.
Pupils enjoy 1 hour of PSHCE each week at Key Stage 3 and 5 off-timetable days each year of Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11).
In KS4, students who opt to take GCSE Citizenship study the new AQA GCSE specification, a 100% linear exam. The course follows four themes, developing awareness of the role of citizens within a variety of contexts:
Theme 1: Life in modern Britain
Theme 2: Rights and responsibilities
Theme 3: Politics and participation
Theme 4: Taking citizenship action
All of the themes require links to be made between local, national, European and global dimensions.
A day in the life…
Just a few examples of the exiting activities to expect:
Students follow a programme of study but, within this, staff remain flexible and try to adapt teaching so that it is topical and current, in line with any major developments in the world. There are also points during the year when the overview is collapsed so that students can gain new understanding of cultural identity by looking at traditions such as Bonfire Night. Students are also given fun learning activities where they plan how they would survive a zombie apocalypse.
PSHCE makes a major contribution to the promotion of personal development which culminates in successful, level-headed young adults. We prepare young people for their future and open the door to many careers. Here are just some examples the type of careers GCSE Citizenship can lead to:
Lawyer, police officer, teacher, community worker, social worker, working with young people…and so much more!