Citizenship & PSHE

Subject Overview

‘Citizenship and PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic education) at Waddesdon Church of England School provides a vital foundation for the personal development of young people preparing them for adult life.’

Citizenship at Waddesdon School gives students a voice, an opportunity to learn about global issues and the basis for adult life. It promotes their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, making them more self-confident and responsible both in and beyond the classroom. It encourages students to play a helpful part in the life of their schools, neighbourhood, community and the wider world. It also teaches them about our economy and democratic institutions and values, encouraging respect for different national, religious and ethnic identities, and develops students’ ability to reflect on issues and take part in discussions.

PSHE equips children and young people with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive, fulfilled, capable and responsible lives. The delivery of PSHE contributes to children and young people becoming effective at making life transitions, learning in a positive way, understanding career choices and managing their future finances effectively. PSHE aims to develop confident young people who are able to make the most of their abilities.

Teaching Aims and Objectives

Citizenship and PSHE education requires an approach to learning and teaching that is active and emphasises learning by doing, using discussion and debates to be interactive in the classroom. Students are encouraged to think for themselves using critical thinking skills, thus ensuring that students have a say and are able to participate fully. Cooperation and group work is encouraged through the collaboration of sessions.

Students are able to develop their Citizenship and PSHE education through active involvement. Discussions, debates and participation in school and community life enable students to understand the link between Citizenship, PSHE and their role as a citizen.

Citizenship and PSHE can help with students’ personal development in the following ways:

  • understanding their role as an individual in society
  • enabling them to express their personal views and opinions
  • developing their self-concept/self-awareness
  • understanding issues concerning personal health, welfare and relationships at a significant time in their personal development.

Course Information

Citizenship and PSHE lessons are timetabled at Key Stage 3 and 4 and form a substantial part of the Key Stage 5 Employability Award programme.

Citizenship and PSHE is currently delivered to all year groups by a dedicated team of staff. This specialist team take an active role in the monitoring, evaluation, teaching and learning of the programme to the standards required. Staff are experienced in delivering a wide range of topics included in the programme. Their passion and expertise in their specialist subject is linked to the delivery of the programme.

Each year group participates in a series of conferences entitled 'Successful Learning'.

Citizenship Programmes of Study

Year 7

Year 7 follow an induction course and groups are taught the following topics in a rota of lessons: ·         Waddesdon Expectations: Meeting the Headteacher ·         Introduction to The Waddesdon Way ·         Introduction to Paragraphs ·         Introduction to the Library ·         Introduction to Successful Learning  
Animals in Society

·         Animals Helping People in Society ·         Using Animals for Research Purposes ·         Animals as Pets ·         Caring for Animals
Growing Up

·         Improving Self-Esteem ·         Friendship and Families ·         Emotional Changes during Puberty ·         Hygiene
 Global Citizenship

·     My Role in School: The Waddesdon Way ·    Right and Wrong: Important Values ·      What is a Citizen? ·      Living in a Diverse Society ·      Celebrating Cultural Ideals ·        Life in their Community
 Staying Safe

· Personal Safety · Internet Safety · Drugs and Alcohol Awareness · Risks · How to Deal with Bullying · Street Crime
 Jobs and Money

·         Wants and Needs ·         Future Lifestyles ·         Spending and Saving ·         Career Opportunities ·         Different Roles for Different People
 Successful Learning

·         Homework and Organisation ·         How to take Notes ·         Paragraph Writing ·         Our Amazing Brain and Multiple Intelligences ·         Learning Styles
Healthy Heart Project:

Independent study programme looking at the importance of a healthy heart and classroom-based activities helping students to understand the link between a healthy body and a healthy mind.

Active Citizenship: Christmas Shoebox Appeal:

Students will participate in the annual collection and promotion of Christmas shoe boxes for disadvantaged children across the world. Year 7 students work alongside Sixth Form students collecting, decorating and packing boxes ready for distribution.

Year 8
British Values

·         Rule of Law ·         Individual Liberty ·         Tolerance ·         Understanding Faiths and Beliefs ·         Democracy
Healthy Mind & Body

·         Diet ·         Healthy Lunchbox ·         Mental Health ·         Emotional Well-being ·         Where to go for Support

·         Staying Safe Online ·         Sexting ·         Stranger Danger ·         Keeping your Profile Safe ·         Online Bullying
Form Time: Life Skills

·         Peer Pressure Drug/Alcohol Abuse ·         Safety on the Streets ·         Confidence and Assertiveness ·         Positive Decision-Making ·         Choices and Consequences
Year 8 Options and Careers Conference

·         GCSE Options and Careers ·         Making Choices ·         Researching Information ·         Future Goals ·         Subject Differences ·         Independent Learning
Successful Learning:The Year of Knowledge

·         Review of Year 7 ·         The Amazing Brain Revisited ·         How to Read: Scanning, Skimming, Intensive Reading ·         How to Review ·         Goals and Target-Setting
Media and the Environment

·         The State of the Environment ·         Recent Issues ·         Making the News ·         Understanding the Media ·         ICT and Presentation Skills

Year 9
Healthy Relationships

·         Family Issues ·         Peer Pressure ·         Developing Relationships ·         Contraception ·         Sexual Health ·         Sex and the Law ·         Choices and Consequences ·         Teenage Parents
Form Time

·         Supporting Others ·         Team Building ·         Independent Learning · Developing Skills
Under the Skin:Identity, Race and Nationality

·         Being Yourself ·         Do We Have a National Identity? ·         What is Racism? ·         What Makes Racism Wrong? ·         Racism and the Law
Enterprise Challenge

·         Wants and Needs ·         Business and Enterprise ·         Careers Education ·         Economic Wellbeing
Successful Learning:Sharing Knowledge

·         Review of the Successful Learning Programme ·         Active Learning ·         My Fantastic Memory ·         The Importance of Positive Thinking
Study Skills

·         Coping with GCSEs ·         Exam Techniques ·         Revision Guide ·         Memory ·         Making the Best of Your Studies ·         Homework/Coursework/Assessment

Year 10
Model United Nations General Assembly (MUNGA)

MUNGA Conference in December, focusing on: ·         What is the United Nations? ·         How to Write a Resolution ·         Details of Different Nation States ·         How to Lobby for Change ·         Public Speaking Skills ·         Researching and Understanding Information ·         Team Work . Campaigning for Change
Form Time

·         Stages of Independence ·         Decision-Making and Responsibility ·         Accepting Others ·         Making Choices ·         Emotional Changes ·         Understanding Relationships
Media - Producing the News:What is the Role of the Media in Society?

·         Free Speech / Privacy Rights ·         Entertainment ·         Information and Education ·         Propaganda ·         Public Opinion
First Aid

·         First aid techniques ·         Saving lives ·         Danger awareness
Successful Learning:Reality and Responsibility

·         Understanding How We Learn and How to Succeed ·         Mind Mapping ·         Study Less; Learn More ·         Making My Memory Work
World of Work

·         Writing an Outstanding CV ·         Personal Statements ·         Covering Letters ·         Applying for Jobs ·         Looking to the Future
Money Management

· Budgets · Spending Money · Saving Money · Loan Sharks · Earning a Wage

Year 11
Life Management

·         Life Choices ·         Personal Decisions ·         Sex Education ·         Relationships ·         Sexual Health
Party Time

·         Drugs Education ·         Living with Alcohol ·         Peer Pressure ·         Road Safety
Careers and Opportunities

·         Post-16 Opportunities ·         Rights and Responsibilities ·         Applications ·         Interviews
Successful Learning:Run The Race (The Final Lap)

·         Target-Setting and Your Personal Profile ·         OARR and Time Management ·         Coursework and Revision ·         Preparing for Examinations ·         Independent Study/Exam Revision/Strategies for Success
  • Subject Leader: Bonita Bridges
  • Teachers: Matthew Abbott, Hazel Allen, Rachel Branton, Vanessa Clark, Matt Dipple, Sam Jones, Janek Maciejewski, Annalies McIver, Kate Turner.