PSHE & Citizenship

PSHE & CITIZENSHIP at Rye Hills Academy

At Rye Hills Academy we take a whole school approach to Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship.  This reflects the needs of the pupils, the ethos of the school and the broad aims of the National Curriculum.

CITIZENSHIP CONTENT

At Key stage 3 we aim to develop pupils’ understanding of democracy, government and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. Pupils use and apply their knowledge and understanding whilst developing skills to research and interrogate evidence, debate and evaluate viewpoints, present reasoned arguments and take informed action.

Pupils are taught about:

  • The development of the political system of democratic government in the United Kingdom, including the roles of citizens, Parliament and the monarch the operation of Parliament, including voting and elections, and the role of political parties
  • The precious liberties enjoyed by the citizens of the United Kingdom
  • The nature of rules and laws and the justice system, including the role of the police and the operation of courts and tribunals
  • The roles played by public institutions and voluntary groups in society, and the ways in which citizens work together to improve their communities, including opportunities to participate in school-based activities
  • The functions and uses of money, the importance and practice of budgeting, and managing risk.

At Key stage 4 teaching builds on the key stage 3 programme of study to deepen pupils’ understanding of democracy, government and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. Pupils develop their skills to be able to use a range of research strategies, weigh up evidence, make persuasive arguments and substantiate their conclusions. They will experience and evaluate different ways that citizens can act together to solve problems and contribute to society.

Pupils are taught about:

  • Parliamentary democracy and the key elements of the constitution of the United Kingdom, including the power of government, the role of citizens and Parliament in holding those in power to account, and the different roles of the executive, legislature and judiciary and a free press
  • The different electoral systems used in and beyond the United Kingdom and actions citizens can take in democratic and electoral processes to influence decisions locally, nationally and beyond
  • Other systems and forms of government, both democratic and non-democratic, beyond the United Kingdom
  • Local, regional and international governance and the United Kingdom’s relations with the rest of Europe, the Commonwealth, the United Nations and the wider world
  • Human rights and international law
  • The legal system in the UK, different sources of law and how the law helps society deal with complex problems
  • Diverse national, regional, religious and ethnic identities in the United Kingdom and the need for mutual respect and understanding
  • The different ways in which a citizen can contribute to the improvement of his or her community, to include the opportunity to participate actively in community volunteering, as well as other forms of responsible activity
  • Income and expenditure, credit and debt, insurance, savings and pensions, financial products and services, and how public money is raised and spent.  

PSHE CONTENT

The programme of study covers both Key Stage 3 and 4 and is based on three core themes within which there will be broad overlap with the Citizenship content:  

1. Health and Wellbeing

2. Relationships

3. Living in the Wider World

At Key Stage 3, PSHE education acknowledges and addresses the changes that learners are experiencing, beginning with transition to secondary school, the challenges of adolescence and their increasing independence. It teaches the skills which will equip them for the opportunities and challenges of life. Pupils are encouraged to manage diverse relationships and the increasing influence of peers and the media.  PSHE education allows them to be more confident in addressing the challenges of effective learning and making a full and active contribution to society.  

At Key Stage 4, pupils extend and rehearse the skills, further explore attitudes and values, and deepen knowledge and understanding acquired during Key Stage 3. PSHE education reflects the fact that learners are moving towards an independent role in adult life, taking on greater responsibility for themselves and others. 

Whole School Approach

Provision for PSHE & CITIZENSHIP at our school comes from a variety of identifiable sources:

1. PHSE & CITIZENSHIP drop down mornings                                         

During the PSHE & CITIZENSHIP drop down mornings students learn about: enterprise and an understanding of economic wellbeing, sex and relationship education, British values, global issues and diversity, healthy lifestyle choices and drug and alcohol awareness.

2. Pastoral programme      

Through form-tutor led activities during registration, assessing learning and progress, mentoring, target setting and reporting every term, PSHE & Citizenship development is promoted and monitored.

3. Assemblies        

These are delivered by members of staff and external agencies/ guest speakers during the year and promote and/or address a wide range of PSHE and Citizenship themes, British values and the Christian ethos of the school.

4. National Curriculum lessons        

Within subjects and colleges many aspects of PHSE & Citizenship are delivered (see tables below).

5. Extra-curricular activities

Through a growing range of clubs, visits and wider opportunities, School Council and debating events, pupils have the chance to develop personally, socially, emotionally and culturally.

6. Wider community                                  

Our links with the immediate and global community enable students to reflect on their place in the world and appreciate the importance of relationships and an understanding, acceptance and respect of other cultures and beliefs.

7. KS4 – Specialist Careers and Post 16 Events

Year 11 Parents’ Information Evening and Year 9 - Year 11 Careers fair – parents and students are invited along to these events to get an opportunity to prepare for adult life, post 16 employment and education through a varied input from further education, higher education, local industry and other guest speakers and interviewers.

In addition, during the summer term, Year 10 pupils have opportunity to participate in a workshop delivered by Kings College Cambridge students, promoting pupils’ aspirations to attend University and addressing questions, concerns and barriers that may prevent pupils from applying.

Year 11 students are encouraged to sign up for college preview weeks which take place after their GCSE exams.

We engage with the National Citizen Scheme (NCS) and High Tide and encourage students to enroll on their summer programmes.

Outline of PHSE & CITIZENSHIP Events

Key events

Assemblies, events and opportunities will be arranged throughout the year in response to the needs of our pupils and the availability of providers and guest speakers. The following run each year:

  • Drop down mornings: Enterprise and Financial Capability, Sex and Relationships Education, British Values and Global Issues and Health and Wellbeing – all Year Groups.
  • Targeted Youth Support ‘No Regrets’ SRE Roadshow – Year 7 to Year 10.
  • Evaluate Tees Valley SRE Workshop – Year 11.

Assessment in PSHE & Citizenship

The majority of assessment and reporting of PSHE & Citizenship is via subjects where the topics and issues are taught discreetly as part of the programmes of study, in addition to this, form tutors also assess pupils’ PSHE & Citizenship learning and understanding during tutor time activities, surveys, discussions and debates and report on their progress to parents each term.

Year 7 - Expected Standard

Expresses opinions, gives personal reasons, listens to others, speaks at appropriate times and puts together some ideas relevant to opinion.

Pupils are able to recognise the need to develop the skills and knowledge, which enable them to make informed and intelligent choices in life. Pupils have some understanding of the topics studied and area aware of ways you can express your opinions and of importance of doing so. They also know there are different opinions in society and are developing their attitudes to the viewpoints of others.

Year 8 - Expected Standard

Expresses informed opinions, listens to others, speaks at appropriate times, responds to opinions of others, links arguments to knowledge and gives reasons for their opinions.

Pupils have begun to develop the skills and knowledge, which will enable them to make informed and intelligent choices in life. Pupils have a good understanding of the topics studied and aware of ways you can express your opinions and of the importance of doing so. They also know there are different opinions in society and have some understanding of why such diversity exists. They demonstrate some responsibility in their attitudes to themselves and others.

Year 9 - Expected Standard

Expresses opinion informed by a range of views, justifies opinions, listens to others, speaks at appropriate times, responds to opinions of others, amends/sticks with opinion in light of argument. Builds a reasoned argument, follows on from others’ points.

Pupils have already made excellent progress in developing the skills and knowledge, which will enable them to make informed and intelligent choices in life. Pupils have a broad and comprehensive understanding of the topics studied and are very good at expressing their knowledge and opinions. They also have a good understanding of the diversity of society, its differing values and some of the reasons why this exists. They often demonstrate responsibility in their attitudes to themselves and others.

KS4 - Expected Standard

Expresses opinions confidently that are informed and justified with examples. Listens to others, speaks at appropriate times, responds to and respects the opinions of others, amends/sticks with opinion in light of argument. Builds a reasoned argument, follows on from others’ points.

Pupils demonstrate a wide range of skills, knowledge and understanding, which will enable them to make informed and intelligent choices in life. Pupils have a broad and comprehensive understanding of the topics studied and are very good at expressing their knowledge and opinions in a thought-through way. Pupils can accurately use a variety of sources and specialist terms to give structured and reasoned arguments and evaluations. When debating /evaluating an issue, shows at least one other view in a broad, balanced way and reflecting a process of reasoning which weighs up the evidence and draws a conclusion. They also have a good understanding, acceptance and tolerance of the diversity of society, its differing values and some of the reasons why this exists. They always demonstrate responsibility in their attitudes to themselves and others.


Useful links for independent study:

  • BBC Bitesize PSHE & Citizenship KS3

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/ztvg9j6

  • BBC Bitesize PSHE & Citizenship KS4

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/z3ckjxs

  • Parliament UK

http://www.parliament.uk/education/

  • Youth Parliament

http://www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/

  • National Citizen Service

https://www.gov.uk/government/get-involved/take-part/national-citizen-service

  • Save the Children

http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/about-us

  • Evaluate SRE

http://www.evaluate.org.uk/students/quizzes

  • EVA Women’s Aid Redcar

www.eva.org.uk

  • The Junction Foundation Redcar

www.thejunctionfoundation.com