Miss S Watts, Head of PSHE

Key Stage 3

In Year 7 students follow a course of Citizenship which looks at local democracy (voting and elections) and media and local opinion. In addition to this they follow a course of financial capability which looks at which bank services are available to them. It is an interactive course that teaches the students how to open a bank account and they experience using a card in an ATM and follow a virtual tour of a bank. Towards the end of the academic year, students follow a course tailored towards careers education. Interspersed throughout the year, students follow a PSHE programme covering healthy living and friendships, bullying and SRE (sex and relationships education) which looks at the changes to the body during puberty.

In Year 8 students are currently following the Be the Best you can Be programme which looks at encouraging students to take more responsibility for their learning and engaging in positive learning behaviour. Towards the end of the academic year, students follow a course based on current and relevant Citizenship issues.

In Year 9, students begin the year with a look at risky behaviour. This is supported by a theatre in education workshop called ‘I’m Not Falling’. Students also look at homophobic behaviour and language. In terms of Citizenship, students look at freedom of speech, crime awareness and democracy and dictatorship. They are also given guidance on how to choose their options. Students also look at PSHE issues, including drugs, alcohol and SRE (including two visits by the school nurse).

Key Stage 4

PSHE and Citizenship in Key Stage 4 is followed through the GCSE RE programme.