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PSHE and Citizenship are areas of the curriculum in which students have an opportunity to explore and develop their opinions of personal, social, health and economic issues within society alongside issues which affect them as global citizens in the 21st Century. Citizenship is a statutory element of the National Curriculum whilst PSHE is currently non-statutory. At Bishop Perowne we fully appreciate the importance of both of these subjects in ensuring that our students are well-rounded and equipped for life outside of the classroom. As such, each student is taught PSHCE through discreet lessons on the timetable and receives two hours of curriculum time for the subjects over the two-week timetable.
In Key Stage 3 Citizenship and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) are combined. In year 7 students learn what it means to be an active citizen, about personal safety, dealing with relationships and important health issue such as the dangers of smoking and the importance of healthy living. This progresses in year 8 to more complex issues regarding relationships, human rights, moral and legal responsibilities and the role of the media in society. In Key Stage 3 learning culminates in year 9 with a focus on more advanced health issues such as a focus on drugs and alcohol and on the constitutional system, law, society and economics. Core elements, such as sex education and careers, progress throughout all three years of Key Stage 3.
In Key Stage 4 students are encouraged, through discussion, debate and active participation, to deal with previously studied issues in a 'real world' context and to understand their own responsibilities and the demands that will be made upon them in the adult world. Students are required to demonstrate that they can take responsibility for their own learning and make career choices by setting personal targets and long term goals. In Year 10 topics of study include pressures and coping strategies, responsibilities of parenthood and moral and social values. In Year 11 students are given increasing opportunities to develop the many important social skills that they will rely on both now and in the future. These skills include the ability to communicate clearly in formal situations, to work as a team and to understand how influences such as economics, commerce and politics will affect their present and future lives.