The PSHE & Citizenship curriculum encourages pupils to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of democracy, government and law. Pupils will learn about their rights and responsibilities, both as individuals and as part of the wider community, and will explore many of the issues faced by young people – both in and outside of the school environment.

Pupils will learn about freedom of speech and gain an understanding of the political and legal landscape and the importance of fundamental British values. They will develop the ability to create sustained and reasoned arguments, present their own viewpoints and those of others, and plan practical citizenship action that delivers benefits for society.

Pupils will also be taught practical life skills, such as how to manage their money effectively, how to budget and save, how to plan for their future careers and harness their entrepreneurial skills, how to foster positive and supportive relationships with others, and how to safeguard their physical and mental health.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
  • New Friendships
  • Positive Influences
  • Bullying
  • Introduction to Student Shura
  • Positive Mental Health
  • Balanced Diet
  • Fast Food
  • Eating Disorder
  • Exercise
  • Drugs/Legal Drugs
  • Smoking and alcohol
  • Personal Budgeting/Managing Money
  • Gambling
  • What is a Good Citizen/Rights & Responsibilities
  • Government & House of Commons
  • What is Poverty and hardship
  • Different types of people- Disabilities/Autism
  • Homophobic bullying
  • Family Problems – Domestic Violence
  • Laws & Religious Views in Relation to Sex – Consent
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases & Contraception
  • Forced Marriage & Consent
  • Female Genital Mutilation
  • Grooming & Sexting
  • Radicalisation & Keeping Safe
  • Anger and stress management
  • Tax Updates, interest rates and inflation
  • Democracy in the UK
  • Dictatorship
  • Civil War – Rowanda Case Study
  • EU Debate
  • Role & Formation of UN
  • Case Studies – Bosnia, Burma/Somalia, Srebencia
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • What are the principles and values that underpin British society
  • What do we mean by identity
  • What laws does a society require and why
  • What are a citizen’s rights and responsibilities within the legal system
  • Where does political power reside in the UK and how is it controlled
  • What are the powers of local and devolved government and how can citizens participate
  • Citizenship action – the actions of others
  • How can citizens make their voice heard and make a difference in society
  • Political power in the UK
  • Local and devolved government
  • Bringing about political change
  • Laws in contemporary society
  • Rights and responsibility within the legal system
  • Laws protecting the citizen and dealing with criminals
  • Universal human rights citizenship action
  • Bringing change in the legal system
  • Life in modern Britain
  • Principles and values in British society
  • Identity
  • The media and the free press
  • The UK’s role in key international organisations
  • Making a difference in society

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification: AQA GCSE Citizenship Studies (8100)

Enrichment Offer

The Department offers subject-specific enrichment clubs and organises a range of social enterprise and community service projects throughout the year. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and ensure maximum progress are at the heart of our delivery model.