PSHE & Citizenship

The PSHE & Citizenship curriculum encourages pupils to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of democracy, government and law. Pupils will learn about their rights and responsibilities, both as individuals and as part of the wider community, and will explore many of the issues faced by young people – both in and outside of the school environment.

Pupils will learn about freedom of speech and gain an understanding of the political and legal landscape and the importance of fundamental British values. They will develop the ability to create sustained and reasoned arguments, present their own viewpoints and those of others, and plan practical citizenship action that delivers benefits for society.

Pupils will also be taught practical life skills, such as how to manage their money effectively, how to budget and save, how to plan for their future careers and harness their entrepreneurial skills, how to foster positive and supportive relationships with others, and how to safeguard their physical and mental health.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
  • School Council and elections
  • Campaigning/voting
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Young people and the law – children’s rights
  • Making the right choices
  • Criminal justice system
  • A diverse Britain
  • British values
  • Community cohesion
  • Internet safety
  • Cyber-bullying
  • School Council and leadership
  • British government and voting
  • Democracy and different types of government
  • Pressure groups/being an active citizen
  • Why we have laws, human rights, the rights of the child
  • Racism, prejudice and discrimination
  • British values
  • E-safety, netiquettes
  • Immigration – advantages and disadvantages
  • Influence of the media
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
N/A – this qualification is studied in Year 11 only N/A – this qualification is studied in Year 11 only
  • Political power in the UK
  • Local and devolved government
  • Bringing about political change
  • Laws in contemporary society
  • Rights and responsibilities within the legal system
  • Laws protecting the citizen and dealing with criminals
  • Universal human rights
  • Citizenship action
  • Advocacy of a key organisation
  • Life in modern Britain
  • Principles and values in British society
  • Identity
  • The media and the free press
  • The UK’s role in key international organisations
  • Making a difference in society

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification: AQA GCSE Citizenship Studies (8100)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of social enterprise and community service projects throughout the year. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.