CITIZENSHIP & PERSONAL, SOCIAL
HEALTH AND EDUCATION
Head of Department: Miss G Pike
Departmental Verse: A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (John 15 verse 12)
Key Stages 3 & 4
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 citizenship and PSHE curriculum, we aim to provide pupils with accurate and relevant knowledge about issues in the local community they live and learn in and the wider world. Pupils will become equipped with effective strategies and a skills set that will enable them to live a healthy, happy, fulfilling, balanced and safe life.
Our engaging lessons are delivered using a spiral curriculum which helps pupils to build on prior learning, revisiting themes, whilst increasing challenge, broadening their scope of issues and deepening pupils’ thinking. Opportunities are provided to explore, clarify and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities.
We strive to inspire and nurture aspirational individuals who are equipped with a repertoire of skills including resilience, collaboration, and critical thinking. Not only will such skills be essential in further education after school, but they will also allow pupils to access positions in areas of employment that do not currently exist. Citizenship and PSHE enables pupils to learn skills and strategies for life.
The citizenship and PSHE curriculum has been carefully designed to ensure that pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is holistic. Pupils have the opportunity to take part in numerous activities within the classroom, through extra-curricular activities and in their own time. Pupils have previously enjoyed fundraising for WE Villages, exploring the consequences of poverty through simulation activities and benefiting from a wide range of external visitors including Fix Up motivational speakers, the University of Greenwich and business professionals.
We seek to actively promote and nurture the fundamental British Values that underpin our common British identity. British Values include 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 through our new Student Parliament 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 Key Stage 3 and 4. Every pupil has one Citizenship and PSHE lesson per fortnight with a specialist teacher. The assessment descriptors for this subject at KS3 are available here.
Key Stage 3:
• Getting to Know You – Identity, multiculturalism and friendship.
• Active Citizenship – Children’s rights, poverty, fundraising and charities.
• Puberty – Emotional and physical changes.
• Personal Wellbeing – Self-esteem, body image and bullying.
• Democracy – Political parties, election systems, role of MPs. Pressure groups and making laws.
• Risky Behaviour – Smoking, alcohol and internet safety.
• Crime and Justice – Knife crime, gangs and joint enterprise, courts and prison system.
• Healthy Relationships – Positive qualities, sexting, consent, sexuality and contraception.
Key Stage 4:
• Drugs – Cannabis, class A drugs and binge drinking.
• Mental Health – Mental health disorders and stigma.
• Healthy Relationships – Domestic abuse, consent and pornography.
Delivered through a drop down day.
• Next Steps – Career options, CV writing, interview skills, team building and employee rights.