PSHE, RSE and Citizenship

Personal, Social and Health Education is delivered to our students throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. One timetabled period is dedicated to PSHE, Citizenship and RSHE each week and is delivered by tutors.

Topics covered include healthy routines and relationships, human rights and responsibilities, the global community, active citizenship, planning for the future and career development as well as sessions on financial management and government and politics.

Where possible, outside agencies and visiting speakers come in to deliver talks on specialised subjects such as internet safety and managing risks.  We also have regular visits from our local MP who talks about her role in Parliament, allowing time for students to ask questions.

The curriculum is designed to address topics which are particularly relevant to specific year groups, for example lessons on creating CVs and applying for further education are covered in KS4 along with basic First Aid and strategies to help support mental health issues.
There is no formal examination in PSHE and Citizenship. Assessment of student work is carried out regularly in lessons and an assessment sheet is completed every half-term. There is no PSHE, Citizenship and RSHE teaching during the formal GCSE Examination Period.

The aim of Citizenship within the curriculum is to prepare students for life in the community when they leave school. Lessons dedicated to Citizenship are taught in every year.   In addition, the topics related to the subject are integrated into other parts of the curriculum as appropriate.
Topics covered include:

  • Crime and Law
  • Government and Politics
  • Democracy
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Global Issues

Our RSE curriculum is based on the TenTen resources, called “Life to the Full”, it is based on John 10:10 where Jesus says, “ I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”.  All students have half a term of RSE a year where they are taught lessons based on the TenTen videos with opportunities for discussion, reflection and personal responses.  The TenTen curriculum has been recommended by the Diocese and is an excellent way of approaching RSE topics with our students.  Further information on the RSE curriculum is available on the Parent section of the TenTen website, login details are available from the college. Please contact Mrs Lee-Cann.

A summary of our RSE policy can be found in the Teaching & Learning section here