Citizenship and PSHE Education
Citizenship and PHSE Education (Personal, Social and Health Education) at Rushey Mead Academy is part of the Humanities Faculty.
The PSHE and Citizenship curriculum aims to help students develop spiritually, morally and culturally. In partnership with Religious Education at Rushey Mead we aim to teach students how to play an effective role in a tolerant, multi faith society and cover topics relevant to young people in our community. We want our students to develop an awareness of the needs of others in a diverse society and hope they will do this, principally, through developing the ability to listen to others without prejudice. We hope our students will gain a greater understanding of the personal challenges they may face in life and we aim to help them improve their skills and knowledge to deal with these effectively.
KEY STAGE 3
Citizenship is taught as a discrete subject at KS3 with each student having a one hour lesson each week. In these lessons students also cover topics from the PHSE (Personal, Social and Health Education) curriculum. The content covered in both subjects is taught in line with the 2014 National Curriculum.
At Key Stage 3 the Citizenship units studied include:
- Rules, Laws and Liberties as a Citizen
- UK Political System
- Community Action
- Young People and Crime
- Voting and Elections
- Financial literacy
- Law and Order
At Key Stage 3 the PHSE units studied include:
- Personal Relationships
- Changing Relationships
- First Aid
- Drugs Education
- Sex Education
In addition, students will start their careers education during their Citizenship lessons in all years at KS3.
Parents or carers who have any concerns or questions about the KS3 Citizenship and PHSE programme are invited to arrange a meeting with the Lead teacher for Citizenship and PHSE to discuss any issues and view the lesson plans and resources.
KEY STAGE 4
Students will embark upon their KS4 Citizenship course in the spring term of Year 9 to link with when they begin their Religious Education KS4 studies.
In these lessons they will study the following units:
- Legal System in the UK
- Ethnicity in the UK
- Human Rights and International Law
- UK Constitution and the role of citizens.
In Years 10 and 11, students are taught some units of Citizenship and PHSE through other subjects. The Maths department teach a financial literacy unit, the Science department teach a part of a drugs education unit and the PE department deliver a unit on healthy lifestyles. The rest of the Citizenship and PHSE programme will be taught during “Stop the Clock” sessions and through input from outside agencies.
Parents or carers who have any concerns or questions about the KS4 Citizenship and PHSE programme are invited to arrange a meeting with the Lead teacher for Citizenship and PHSE to discuss any issues and view the lesson plans and resources.
USEFUL WEBSITES AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT
- www.bbc.co.uk/newsround - general news articles
- www.parliament.uk/education- information about politics
- www.moneymakesense.co.uk- financial information for young people
- www.themix.org.uk/ information on drugs, health and relationships
- www.youngminds.org.uk – information about the emotional wellbeing of young people
- www.bullying.co.uk – advice about bullying
- www.familylives.org.uk- information for parents on dealing with issues which affect young people.
- Essential articles folders and books in the academy library- these are articles which relate to Citizenship and PHSE issues.
- Students are encouraged to read newspapers and apply what they have learnt in lessons to “real life” situations.
- Students from Year 9 onwards can take part in the annual Leicester Academies Court competition where students take roles in a mock trial held at the Crown Court.
- Productions and presentations by outside agencies – in 2013 a theatre group put on a play about prejudice and a band “In Hindsight” performed and spoke to students about the dangers of drug taking.
- Humanities Homework Club.