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PHSCE and Citizenship

All students in years 8 - 10 have discrete timetabled lessons for PSHE and Citizenship.

As part of the PHSCE programme students study modules on Careers Education and Guidance, Healthy Relationships, Financial Planning, Sex Education, as well as learning about the law regarding drug and alcohol use.

As part of the Citizenship curriculum students learn about the nature of British values along with the political and justice systems. There are additional lessons on current affairs and global issues which encourage students to consider the role they can play as an active citizen in their community.

Students in Year 7 and 11 have additional lessons delivered by their tutors which focus on aspects of the PSHE curriculum including the transition from Year 11 to post 16 courses.

Aims of the PHSCE and Citizenship programme

  • To encourage students to be confident individuals who are able to make responsible decisions in preparation for the demands of adult life
  • To form positive relationships and respect differences between people
  • To lead healthy and safe lifestyles
  • To be able to consider different opinions on a range of issues
  • To work successfully in small groups
  • To develop skills of enquiry and communication
  • To develop skills of participation and responsible action
  • To develop the knowledge to become an informed citizen

How to support a student studying PHSCE and Citizenship


  • Do encourage your daughter to read newspapers both local and national weekly.
  • Keeping a news diary of current stories will also support your daughter in their understanding of the subject. In citizenship, it is really important that students can relate citizenship topics to real life events.


  • It is essential that students are able to discuss current affairs as part of the course. Try to ask your daughter their opinion on current news stories and read around health-related issues.

Additional research

  • Try to support your daughter in additional reading around the subject content.
  •  The library at school has a wide variety of books on a large number of social issues that would help her to gain a deeper insight into the subject matter.  Alternatively try a visit to your local library.