KS4 Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education
Head of Department: Mr A. Ewing
In Year 9 students will have access to one hour of PSHCE a week built in to their academic timetable. In Years 10 and 11 students will continue the Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education programme through a series of drop-down days from the curriculum over the course of the year.
Learning is encouraged by the use of drama, video, simulations, debate and visiting guest speakers. Every student is encouraged to respect and value themselves and other members of the group.
The aims of the course are as follows:
· To communicate stimulating, relevant information in such a way that every student is encouraged and challenged to consider their personal attitudes and values regarding issues addressed in the programme so that they are better able to make responsible decisions or choices about their health, relationships, lifestyle, career, economic, well-being and behaviour.
· For every student to be given opportunities to gain confidence in expressing ideas and feelings in an articulate, appropriate manner.
· For every student to develop skills and values which will help them recognise and appreciate the importance of forming and maintaining mutually respectful relationships within the family, amongst their peers and in the work place.
· For students to be aware of the responsibility they have to be active citizens and to understand the social, political and economic implications of health, family, drugs, justice, crime and the environment on society as a whole – locally, nationally and internationally.
· For students to develop arguments to defend their own and others’ points of view; in particular learning the importance of “doing” something to improve their worlds and developing necessary knowledge and skills to help them take action.
A comprehensive programme of careers education and guidance takes place as an integral part of the Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education programme.