All students have one lesson per week dedicated to Citizenship and PSHE education.  Preparing our students for life in modern Britain is a duty that we take incredibly seriously.  To that end, we ensure that materials and reviewed and refined annually in response to local need.  Our Citizenship and PSHE education planning team consult with the local police and with the local support team in order to prioritise local needs each year.

Year 7

Students in Year 7 study six units over the course of the year:

  1. Learning to learn at secondary school - an introduction to study and life at high school; exploring different learning styles and strategies to maintain personal well-being as well as ensuring academic progress.
  2. Relationships - in Year 7, the relationships programme centres around different types of relationships and the different nature of these relationships:
    • relationships with parents or carers
    • relationships with friends
    • relationships online - the pitfalls and things to watch out for (online stranger danger and the legalities of social networking and social media)
    • relationships with God
  3. Parable of the Talents - students explore charity at work through a fundraising venture in which they are given £1 and have to seek ways to grow the £1 into more money for a charity which is democratically selected (through menifestos and voting) by the students in the year group
  4. Responsibilities related to Article 28 of the UNCRC - an in-depth exploration of Article 28 - the right to an education.  Students ask several questions, including:
    • What does it mean to me?
    • How is my life enhanced because of this right?
    • How is my life different to the life of a child who cannot benefit from an education?
    • What responsibilities do I have, if I am to enjoy this right?
    • How can I protect this right?
    • What can I do to support children who do not have access ot an education?
  5. Democracy - an introduction to democracy in the UK (2014/15 - special unit specifically linked to the general election)
  6. Alcohol - a unit about the perils of alcohol and the legal implications on both adults and younger people.  Students explore the local area and by-laws as well as how to report concerns about an adult or a child that they know.

Year 8

Students in Year 8 study six units over the course of the year:

  1. Responsibilities related to Article 32 of the UNCRC - an in-depth exploration of Article 32 - the right to protect children from child labour.  This unit includes the exploration of the Fairtrade movement.  Students ask several questions, including:
    • What does it mean to me?
    • How is my life enhanced because of this right?
    • How is my life different to the life of a child who is not protected?
    • What responsibilities do I have, if I am to enjoy this right?
    • How can I protect this right?
    • What can I do to support children who are not protected from exploitation in this way?
  2. Relationships - in Year 8, the relationships programme centres around different types of relationships and the different nature of these relationships:
    • changing relationships with parents or carers as we progress through puberty and how we may want more / less from our parents at different times - the impact this can have
    • relationships with girlfriends and boyfriends - including debating heterosexual and homosexual relationships
    • relationships online - the pitfalls and things to watch out for (online stranger danger and avoidance of online extremism)
    • different methods of contraception and the law, as well as moral questions associated with contraception (and the law)
  3. The law - an introduction to the difference between criminal and civil law, including a visit by a magistrate to discuss their job role and a police officer from the custody suite at Hanley.
  4. Decision makers and decision making - authority in society and how to make decisions; different types of authority and the legal implications of some decisions.
  5. Democracy - democracy in the UK (2014/15 - special unit specifically linked to the general election)
  6. Alcohol - a unit about the perils of alcohol and the legal implications on both adults and younger people.  Students explore the local area and by-laws as well as how to report concerns about an adult or a child that they know.

Furthermore, a group of Year 8 students are trained each year as part of the Peer Mentoring programme for smoking prevention - contact Miss Milne for more information about this initiative.

Year 9

Students in Year 9 study six units over the course of the year:

  1. Criminal law, civil law, moral law, scientific law and religious law - an exploration of these five different laws and principles.  Students explore how the five differ and what they mean to 'me'.  They challenge different laws and explore how stereotypes can lead to breaking of the law and why some people living in the UK are challenged because the guiding pinciples of some religious laws conflict with criminal and civil law in the UK.
  2. Relationships - in Year 9, the relationships programme centres around risks:
    • self-esteem
    • body image
    • contraception
    • risky behaviour - input from the local support team about risk taking when out and about (ie how what we ear can cause people to prejudge us and to have prejudices)
  3. UNCRC Article 38 - child soldiers - students explore article 38 and seek to explore how there are over 300,000 children who are currently exploited as child soldiers.  Students find out about how to take action, democratically, and they seek to hold a year group action event.
  4. Preventing harm and increasing resilience - unt that responds to the PREVENT agenda - the content of this unit can be explored on request from the school - please contact the Head of RE Faculty for more information about this unit.
  5. Democracy - democracy in the UK (2014/15 - special unit specifically linked to the general election)
  6. Alcohol and Drugs - local area response - smoking and NSPs n particular addressed, as well as high-caffeine intake - the impact of these drugs is closely analysed over the course of the unit.

Years 10 and 11 - GCSE Short Course - Citizenship

Students in Year 10 study the content of Unit 1 Theme 1 and Unit 1 Theme 2.  During Year 10, students begin working on their controlled assessment work; in Year 11 students complete their 'citizenship in action' controlled assessment and then work towards Unit 1 Theme 3.

Unit 1 themes are outlined below:

  1. Theme 1: RIghts and Responsibilities
  2. Theme 2: Power, politics and the media
  3. Theme 3: The global community

Unit 1 is assessed by written examination at the end of Year 11.

Students also prepare a piece of controlled assessment.  They prepare their work in one of the following areas of study:

  1. Political, legal and human rights and freedoms in a range of contexts from local to global.
  2. Civil, criminal law and the justice system – police, youth offending teams, courts, lawyers, prisons and probation.
  3. Democratic and electoral processes and the operation of parliamentary democracy.
  4. The development of, and struggle for, different kinds of rights and freedoms both in the UK and abroad.
  5. The media.
  6. Policies and practices for sustainable development.
  7. The economy in relation to citizenship and the relationship between employers and employees.
  8. Origins and implications of diversity and the changing nature of society in the UK.
  9. The European Union, the Commonwealth and the UN.

For more detail about the controlled assessment piece, visit the specification: http://tinyurl.com/kq5ea7k

Furthermore, students also learn about the perils of extremism and radicalisation, they explore relationships and other health needs, they discuss and debate alcohol and drugs.