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    Citizenship

    Citizenship and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education: Lead Teacher: Miss G Pike

    At Trinity School we recognise that Citizenship and PSHE education underpins the wellbeing of our pupils and that the links between personal wellbeing and academic achievement are intrinsic. Through our CPSHEE, we aim to provide pupils with accurate and relevant knowledge, and opportunities to turn that knowledge into personal understanding. This will be delivered through a spiral curriculum which builds on prior learning revisiting themes, whilst increasing the challenge, broadening the scope, and deepening pupils’ thinking. Opportunities are provided to explore, clarify, and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities.  This is undertaken through active learning to the development of skills, language and strategies pupils need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives.

    We strive to inspire and nurture aspirational individuals who are equipped with a repertoire of skills such as resilience, collaboration, and critical thinking so they are able to become effective self managers, team players and independent enquirers.  All of these are essential to employers in the 21st century work place and will allow pupils to access positions in areas of employment which do not currently exist.

    In conjunction with the transferable skills, we seek to develop financial literacy; an essential life skill is able to confidently manage everyday financial issues. We aim to provide pupils with secure knowledge which will help them to make informed decisions and choices about their personal finances as an adult, and as a result not be subjected to poverty as a consequence of a lack of financial knowledge.

    The curriculum and learning activities have been carefully developed with CPSHEE to ensure that a pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is holistic and can flourish.  Pupils have the opportunity to undertake numerous activities within the classroom and within their own time, such as fundraising for a number of charities, participating in political activities such as mock elections, leadership debates, exploring the consequences of poverty through simulation activities provided by Christian Aid, and benefiting from a wide range of external speakers such as the police force, Women’s Aid, Teenage Cancer Trust, Members of Parliament and perspective candidates.

    We are fortunate at Trinity School to have pupils from a wide number of cultures and heritage which enriches the school community, as we are able to draw upon different experiences and perspectives.  Being able to drawn on diversity and learning from one another cultivates a climate of respect.  In tandem to this, we seek to actively promote and nurture the fundamental British Values which underpin a common British identity, as the concepts of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs that sit at the core of being British.  We promote political literacy through the curriculum and also extracurricular activities such as mock general elections and student voice to ensure that participation in society is habitual for all of our pupils. 

    Alongside challenging values, attitudes and beliefs, we seek to embrace and embed the Christian values of compassion, forgiveness and hope which underpin the ethos of Trinity School and form our distinctive character.  Our distinctive Christian values coincide with the essential life skills such as empathy, aspiration and tolerance which we seek to promote within the PSHE and Citizenship curriculum. These values instil a sense of personal responsibility and engagement as citizens in both the Christian community but also in wider society.

    Citizenship and Personal, Social & Health Education is studied by all students in the school. Every pupil has one Citizenship and PSHE lesson per fortnight with a specialist teacher.

    The Citizenship and PSHEE course includes:

    ·            Citizenship

    ·            Sex and Relationships Education

    ·            Drug and Alcohol Education

    ·            Health Education

    ·            Careers Education

    ·            Financial capability

    Key Stage Three

    ·         Citizenship – Exploring democracy and justice and rights and responsibilities

    ·         Healthy lifestyles and growing up

    ·         Drugs, alcohol and smoking education

    ·         Introduction to careers education

    ·         Introduction to economic well being

                 Key Stage Four

    ·        Citizenship - Exploring identity and diversity and the interconnection of the UK and the wider world.  Fundamental British Values and extremism.

    ·         Sex and relationships education

    ·         Careers education - including CV production, letter of application and interview techniques

    ·         Economic well being including budgeting, avoiding debt and enterprise