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Citizenship & PSHE

Citizenship and PSHE at Camborne Science and International Academy intends to develop students’ personal, social and moral responsibility along with an understanding of careers and financial planning.   All other staff contribute to the Citizenship and PSHE programme by delivering all material.  External bodies (e.g. Brook, Invictus Trust, Youth Intervention Officer, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, School nurse and many more) assist with the delivery of the programme. 

Citizenship education at CSIA helps to provide pupils with knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society. The tutorial programme, Citizenship and PSHE Days are designed to foster pupils’ keen awareness and understanding of democracy, government and how laws are made and upheld. Students develop the skills and knowledge to explore political and social issues critically, to weigh evidence, debate and make reasoned arguments. Set themes across a five year Citizenship and PSHE Day programme prepare students to take their place in society as responsible citizens, manage their money well and make sound financial decisions.  Through the Citizenship and PSHE programme at CSIA we aim to encourage respect of cultural diversity and identities and address issues relating to social justice, democracy, human rights, community cohesion and global interdependence.  

Our enviable International Programme; PSHE and Citizenship Days; House System; Prefect system; Assembly programme and Student Council encourage students to become fulfilled, self-motivated, responsible and caring members of society.  We aim to provide young people with the opportunity to become:

  • successful and independent learners who enjoy learning and making progress but also develop the skills and knowledge required to make informed and sensible judgements
  • confident and conscientious individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • responsible and caring people who make a positive contribution to the school, local, national and global communities, showing respect for both themselves and others

During Citizenship activities we will achieve these aims by helping pupils to develop an understanding of the key concepts which underpin the study of citizenship in order to deepen and broaden their knowledge, skills and understanding by:

  • participating in decision-making and voting and exploring local and national politics and government through democratic means.
  • respecting themselves and others in Britain’s diverse multicultural society, understanding British Values, challenging stereotypes and promoting equal opportunities and tolerance
  • understanding that justice is fundamental to a democratic society and exploring the role of law in maintaining order and resolving conflict
  • exploring the rights and responsibilities of individuals, communities and governments
  • to maintain and develop positive relationships both within the local community and wider world.

 

Understand the key processes and essential skills required in citizenship to enable students to make progress by:

  • reflecting on different ideas, opinions, beliefs and values when exploring different topical and controversial issues
  • research, plan and evaluate information and sources
  • express and explain their own opinions and represent the views of others which they may or may not agree with.
  • to encourage pupils to take informed and responsible action and analyse the impact of their actions on communities and the wider world, now and in the future
  • to reflect and evaluate what they have learned and what they would do differently

 

Focusing on the political and social dimensions of living together in the UK and making sense of the world today by:

  • exploring the political, legal, economic and human rights and responsibilities of us all as citizens
  • reviewing democracy, cultural diversity and justice and how they relate to young people
  • developing respect for the environment and our communities
  • reviewing the influences of the media on society

We aim to provide the following curriculum opportunities for students to:

  • debate and discuss personal, social and moral issues and make decisions about what they have learned
  • use case studies, simulations, and scenarios to explore social and personal situations, along with work and enterprise issues and reflect on what they have learnt
  • work individually and in groups, taking on different roles and responsibilities
  • evaluate their own personal development and set realistic targets about future life choices and develop strategies for meeting them
  • engage in and have contact with the business world
  • write a personal statement and make an individual learning and career plan
  • work with a range of community partners
  • use different sources of information, media and communications
  • complete PSHE and Citizenship work within other areas of the curriculum

During PSHE activities we will achieve these aims through enabling students to: 

  1. 1.       Develop an understanding of the key concepts which underpin the study of PSHE in order to deepen and broaden students’ knowledge, skills and understanding by:
  • understanding that personal identity is affected by many factors
  • recognising what affects confidence and self-esteem and realising that they can change with personal circumstances
  • understanding that physical, mental, sexual and emotional health affect our ability to lead fulfilling lives
  • using information to make informed and responsible choices
  • appreciating that pressure can influence decisions in risky situations and that by developing the confidence to face challenges safely pupils can help protect themselves from harm
  • encouraging tolerance of differences within our communities
  • understanding career paths and exploring what qualities, skills and attitudes are needed for employability and the risks involved in career choices
  • being able to manage their own finances and to appreciate enterprise and economics, understanding that there are risks involved in business

 

  1. 2.       Understand the key processes and essential skills required in PSHE to enable students to make progress by:
  • reflecting on their own and others’ values and how their behaviour might impact on others and to use this knowledge to set personal targets
  • reflecting on their own knowledge to make informed choices about safety, health and well-being and to form strategies to resist pressure and avoid risky situations
  • developing the social skills to build positive relationships and understand that their actions have consequences.
  • empathising with others and challenging prejudice and discrimination assertively
  • reflecting and evaluating what they have learned and what they would do differently
  • developing the essential skills and self-esteem necessary to make a positive future for themselves in work
  • using a variety of information to select the right career path and then take action to improve their chances in that career
  • managing their money and understanding the financial risks and rewards and how their aspirations will be affected by finance.

The study of personal wellbeing and economic wellbeing should include:

  • pupils setting realistic targets and personal goals for their future plans
  • a knowledge of physical and emotional change, sexual activity and high-risk behaviours affecting health and wellbeing.
  • facts and laws about substance use (drugs, alcohol, tobacco and solvents) and the personal and social consequences of misuse
  • an understanding of a healthy lifestyle including diet, exercise and safety
  • an appreciation of positive and stable relationships and how to deal with problems that arise
  • an understanding of diversity and the impact of discrimination and prejudice on individuals and communities
  • an experience and understanding of the world of work and enterprise
  • a sound knowledge of personal budgeting and financial products along with an understanding of business and investments

All practical or active work is fully reviewed before being carried out and all health and safety procedures will be followed to ensure pupil safety.

In planning the content of the Citizenship and PSHE Programme national guidance was considered.  Ofsted recommended learning outcomes were acknowledged.  The Citizenship programme is based on the recommendations of the National Curriculum. PSHE coverage has been based on the recommendations of the PSHE Association and aims to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, teamworking and critical thinking in the context of learning grouped into three core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world (including economic wellbeing and aspects of careers education).

Tutorial Programme KS3 and KS4

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Critical thinking and evaluating controversial issues (thematic based on national news)

The development of the political system of democratic government in the United Kingdom, including the roles of citizens, Parliament and the monarch

The operation of Parliament, including voting and elections, and the role of political parties

The precious liberties enjoyed by the citizens of the United Kingdom

The nature of rules and laws and the justice system, including the role of the police and the operation of courts and tribunals

The nature and context of relationships and how to identify and access appropriate advice and support 

 

Critical thinking and evaluating controversial issues (thematic based on national news)

The precious liberties enjoyed by the citizens of the United Kingdom

The nature of rules and laws and the justice system, including the role of the police and the operation of courts and tribunals

The roles played by public institutions and voluntary groups in society, and the ways in which citizens work together to improve their communities, including opportunities to participate in school-based activities

The nature and context of relationships and how to identify and access appropriate advice and support 

 

Critical thinking and evaluating controversial issues (thematic based on national news)

Parliamentary democracy and the key elements of the constitution of the United Kingdom, including the power of government, the role of citizens and Parliament in holding those in power to account, and the different roles of the executive, legislature and judiciary and a free press

the different ways in which a citizen can contribute to the improvement of his or her community, to include the opportunity to participate actively in community volunteering, as well as other forms of responsible activity

The nature and context of relationships and how to identify and access appropriate advice and support 

 

Critical thinking and evaluating controversial issues (thematic based on national news)

The different electoral systems used in and beyond the United Kingdom and actions citizens can take in democratic and electoral processes to influence decisions locally, nationally and beyond

Other systems and forms of government, both democratic and non-democratic, beyond the United Kingdom

Local, regional and international governance and the United Kingdom’s relations with the rest of Europe, the Commonwealth, the United Nations and the rest of the world

Human rights and international law

The nature and context of relationships and how to identify and access appropriate advice and support 

Critical thinking and evaluating controversial issues (thematic based on national news)

The legal system in the UK, different sources of law and how the law helps society deal with complex problems

Diverse national, regional, religious and ethnic identities in the United Kingdom and the need for mutual respect and understanding

 

Citizenship and PSHE Days KS3 and KS4

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Human Rights

British Values

Refugee Crisis

British Values

Diversity

Discrimination laws

Role of media in society

‘GCSE Ready’

Looking after yourself: Physical and emotional well-being

Study skills

Risky behaviour

Brook Bitesize (SRE, Drugs, Alcohol, the law)

Diversity

Discrimination laws

Extremism

Mental health

Post-16 opportunities; Taster day for CSIA Sixth Form; local providers and apprenticeships.  Independent Careers Advice and Guidance available for all students.

Creativity

Enterprise

Bank Accounts

Functions and uses of money

Budgeting

Challenge

Self-evaluation

Self-confidence

Stereotypes in careers

Independent careers advice and guidance

Financial terms

Budgeting

Bank accounts

Needs and wants

What’s on a payslip

Careers Fair

Networking

Careers identity

Workplace skills

University Ambassadors

Workplace challenge

Careers Fair

Networking

Adulthood - parenting

Skills

University Ambassadors

Adulthood - budgeting

Careers Fair

Meet an MP

Political parties

Manifestos

Lobbying

Mock Election

Growing up

Relationships

Marriage and parenting

Sexualisation

Managing loss

Teen Boundaries: Sexting; Use of pornography; managing relationships

Further supported by an intervention program run by CLEAR over a 6 week period.

Understanding controversial issues

First Aid training

Gangs and anti-social behaviour

Female Genital Mutilation

Substance Abuse

Brook Bitesize (SRE, Drugs, Alcohol, the law)

Diversity

Discrimination laws

Extremism

Personal Safety and protection

Preparation for work experience

External Exams and subject drop-down opportunities