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Personal, Social & Health Education and Citizenship  at St James's

Personal, Social and Health Education is relevant to pupils both now and in the future. We aim to provide pupils with the learning opportunities they need if they are to develop into competent adults, confident in themselves and their skills, qualities and abilities to make appropriate and safe choices and a worthwhile contribution to society, both now and in their lives beyond St. James’s, including when they are in the workplace.

  • A subject in its own right, delivered by specialists with the necessary knowledge, expertise, interest and passion to act as a support mechanism for pupils with their preparation for life.
  • PSHE is important for dispelling myths – eg. counter-acting gossip, rumours, false information, media portrayal.
  • PSHE encourages pupils to explore their own values and morals.
  • It provides a suitable and safe forum for discussion on a wide range of topics including bullying, healthy eating, emotional wellbeing and mental health, drugs and alcohol, relationships and sex education, child sexual exploitation, online safety, financial capability, careers, work experience … Basically, you name it, we cover it! The topics we cover are REAL and the timetabled lessons allow us to react to and educate on key issues raised either by society or by the pupils.
  • The world needs nurses, lawyers, therapists, engineers, social workers, vets, accountants, journalists, managers … and thousands of other kinds of people in other kinds of jobs in order to be able to function, but it needs those people to be healthy in every sense of the word in order to function well.
  • Guest speakers are sometimes invited to lead sessions as part of the PSHE and Citizenship programme to share their valuable expertise on certain topics such as further and higher education.

Curriculum Features

Please click below to see what you will study in PSHE/Citizenship

PSHE/Citizenship Curriculum

PSHE/Citizenship Learning Journey  2020-21

Key Stage 3

PSHE and Citizenship are 2 separate subjects although there is sometimes overlap in the content. You will have either one PSHE or one Citizenship lesson a week.

In PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education), each year group will study several topics. For example:

  • Year 7 – Anti-bullying; Money and Budgeting; Personal Safety; Healthy Eating, Oral Health, Physical Activity and Puberty.
  • Year 8 – Smoking; The Real Game; Drugs; Emotional Wellbeing
  •  Year 9 – Sex and Relationships Education

 In CITIZENSHIP, you will use and develop a range of skills including :

  • Critical Thinking & Enquiry (Independent Thinking & Research)
  • Advocacy & Representation (Speaking & Listening)
  • Taking Informed & Responsible Action (Participation)

Topics will include politics, rights and responsibilities, the law and the UK and the rest of the world.

 As well as having one Citizenship lesson each week, Citizenship also has a whole-school focus and is a feature of a wide range of other subjects – including Geography, MFL, PE, Art, English, History, Media and RE – as well as being part of many aspects of school life. However, the assessment of Citizenship will take place mainly during your timetabled Citizenship lesson.

Guest speakers are sometimes invited to lead sessions as part of the PSHE and Citizenship programme. We expect very high standards of behaviour at all times but particularly when visitors are in lessons. Pupils whose behaviour falls below these expectations will be removed from the activity and supervised elsewhere.

For both subjects, PLANNING AND RESEARCH may sometimes be needed in your own time.

Key Stage 4

KS4 NON- GCSE PSHE AND CITIZENSHIP

As at KS3, PSHE and Citizenship are 2 separate subjects although there is sometimes overlap in the content.

In PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education), you will focus on several topics. For example:

  • Year 10 – Work experience;
  • Year 11 – Drugs; Sex and Relationships Education; The Mock Interview Workshop; Money

In CITIZENSHIP, you will continue to use and develop a range of skills including :

  • Critical Thinking & Enquiry (Independent Thinking & Research)
  • Advocacy & Representation (Speaking & Listening)
  • Taking Informed & Responsible Action (Participation)

Topics will include rights, law, community projects and identity.

As well as having one Citizenship lesson each week, Citizenship also has a whole-school focus and is a feature of a wide range of other subjects – including Geography, MFL, PE, Art, English, History, Media and RE – as well as being part of many aspects of school life.

Guest speakers are sometimes invited to lead sessions as part of the PSHE and Citizenship

programme. We expect very high standards of behaviour at all times but particularly when visitors are in lessons. Pupils whose behaviour falls below these expectations will be removed from the activity and supervised elsewhere.

For both subjects, PLANNING AND RESEARCH may sometimes be needed in your own time.

KS4 GCSE CITIZENSHIP (OPTION)

Citizenship Studies will help you to understand and make sense of important social, legal and political issues that you will encounter throughout your life. You will have the opportunity to use and develop a range of skills during the course including research, analysis, evaluating evidence and viewpoints, deciding suitable action, constructing arguments, presenting your case, campaigning, planning, teamwork and leadership. Assessment will be through 2 Controlled Assessments and 2 exams. 

Enrichment

UK Parliament Week