PSHE and Citizenship Intent
To support the personal development of the whole learner and equip students with the knowledge and skills to make positive and healthy life choices – ‘to believe and succeed’, as rights-respecting, thinking citizens, empowered with life skills for today and the future.
PSHEE helps students navigate various aspects of life, including personal development, relationships, health, and economic literacy, preparing them for the challenges and responsibilities they will encounter in adulthood. The PSHEE -RSE (Relationships, and Sex Education) topics are statutory and set out by the Government.
Alongside the PSHEE topics, we also deliver the key stage National Curriculum Citizenship topics, to further broaden students’ understanding of their rights and responsibilities as global citizens.
Our lessons include a variety of speech-language and communication resources, videos, quizzes, and debates. Topics are considered with sensitivity, sharing facts and views in a non-judgemental, safe environment. PSHEE and Citizenship provide an opportunity to gain a greater awareness of oneself, relationships with others, and the world in which we live. Students actively engage with our Kings’ core values (PRIDE) and British values, gaining greater confidence and self-esteem regarding self-care, well-being, and personal development. A knowledge-rich and broad range of topics are considered in the PSHEE/CZ curriculum, including sexual health, mental health, and physical well-being, the protected characteristics of law, active citizenship, work skills, and employability.
PSHEE/CZ is a pivotal aspect of the Kings’ curriculum and is regularly audited.
- Year 9: 2 hours per fortnight (+ tutor/extended tutor time/focus days)
- Year 10: 1 hour per fortnight (+ tutor/extended tutor time/focus days)
- Year 11/12/13: Tutor/extended tutor time/focus days.
PSHEE and Citizenship are taught by a range of teachers, each bringing their expertise, personal qualities, and attributes to the subject. We further extend PSHEE and Citizenship themes within the subject curriculum, tutor sessions, and particularly as part of our extended tutor time on a Friday, also through focus days where we invite outside speakers in to work on facets of the scheme of learning. Our key development threads such as relationships, health and well-being, citizenship, and employability are spiralled from Years 9-13 to ensure content is reviewed and age appropriate.
As a UNICEF Silver Rights Aware School, we support the students’ physical and mental health and well-being, developing non-cognitive skills and an awareness of rights. We uphold our public safeguarding and equality duty, and signpost safeguarding and awareness of laws and services. We are adaptive to the needs of our students, and as a result, will adjust schemes of learning when required.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the subject lead for PSHEE and Citizenship Mrs. Louise Jory by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.