Citizenship and PSHE

Purpose of study

A high-quality Citizenship and PSHE education helps to provide pupils with knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society. In particular, Citizenship and PSHE education fosters pupils’ keen awareness and understanding of democracy, government and how laws are made and upheld. Lessons equip pupils with the skills and knowledge to explore political and social issues critically, to weigh evidence, debate and make reasoned arguments. It also prepares pupils to take their place in society as responsible citizens, assess and manage risk, manage their money well and make sound financial decisions.



The national curriculum for Citizenship and PSHE aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of how the United Kingdom is governed, its political system and how citizens participate actively in its democratic systems of government
  • develop a sound knowledge and understanding of the role of law and the justice system in our society and how laws are shaped and enforced
  • develop an interest in, and commitment to, participation in volunteering as well as other forms of responsible activity, that they will take with them into adulthood
  • are equipped with the skills to think critically and debate political questions, to enable them to manage their money on a day-to-day basis, and plan for future financial needs.


Main Citizenship and PSHE skills

1. To demonstrate knowledge and understanding.
2. To demonstrate interest and commitment.
3. To demonstrate critical thinking.
4. To demonstrate debating skills.
5. To demonstrate the ability to assess and manage risk both in terms of financial management and personal safety.
6. To be able to identify short and long term consequences.
7. To demonstrate the ability to plan for the future.


Curriculum Overviews

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Homework is designed to support and extend learning throughout all units of study. It also allows the development of skills and knowledge.

Key Stage 3 homework is given at least every two weeks or more where appropriate.

The purpose of our homework falls into a number of categories such as research in order to gain knowledge and skills; learning keywords in terms of identification, spellings and meanings; identifying examples that fit with the topics of study such as news features and personal experiences; watching, listening to and experiencing relevant material; and reflecting to consolidate learning, deepen understanding and develop reasoning.

We mark homework with ticks, comments, stamps, stickers and scores.

We use Microsoft 365 in line with school policy where homework and relevant information can be accessed by students.


Read about Citizenship and PSHE

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