Curriculum

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.

At its core the RSHE and Citizenship curriculum makes a significant contribution towards meeting national expectations surrounding RSE and Health Education. It is also an opportunity to explore careers; a place to understand and learn to adhere to Fundamental British Values and supports the embedding of a whole school leadership focus, particularly civic and moral leadership. GCSE Citizenship is taught to all students as an early entry subject. The RSHE and Citizenship curriculum provides an opportunity to develop real cultural capital, specifically through the understanding of Politics and Law. The GCSE is taught over two years. All core topics are covered in Year 9 through classroom lessons and especially designed Citizenship Days. Year 10 is used as an opportunity to complete the Active Citizenship project and to develop fluency and mastery. The curriculum operates with some degree of flexibility to allow understanding of ever changing political and social contexts; this has been particularly important during the pandemic. RSHE continues in Year 11 through assemblies’ and spirituality days. Here pupils focus on issues related to personal and social development, spiritual and moral development. The order of the units in the medium-term plans is intentionally designed to ensure that prior knowledge, skills and conceptual understanding is revisited, recapped, and reinforced so that over the full extent of the subject curriculum pupils know more and can do more in an intentionally planned way and, as a result, achieve higher academic and personal outcomes.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
  • Transition and recovery curriculum
  • Physical and mental wellbeing
  • Staying safe – Rights and responsibilities
  • Careers education
  • Staying Safe – Basic First Aid
  • Local governance
  • Health and recovery curriculum
  • Relationships
  • Staying safe – Rights and Responsibilities
  • Careers education
  • Staying safe – Substance Abuse
  • National governance
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Life in Modern Britain (Key Concepts)
  • Rights and Responsibilities (Key concepts)
  • Politics and Participation (Key Concepts)
  • Year 9 Consolidation period
  • Active Citizenship
  • Life in Modern Britain (Examples and Case Studies)
  • Rights and Responsibilities (Examples and Case Studies)
  • Politics and Participation (Examples and Case Studies)

 

 

 

 

  • Financial Capability – including issues related finances in religion
  • Mental Health and Stress (FCE Day focused on Mental Health) 

  • Relationships and Sexual Relationships including the Islamic Perspective  
  • Substance Abuse  (FCE Day focused on relationships and substance abuse)
  • Finishing School: British Muslim Values for college and beyond

 

 

Assessment

At Key Stage 3, assessments take place at the end of each term.  At Key Stage 4, end of Yr10 mock exams take place in June/July and Yr11 mock exams take place in November.

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.