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The purpose of the new PSHE and Citizenship curriculum at Gartree is to prepare our young people for the world beyond, through better understanding of their physical, social and health education (PSHE) and of the world around them. It aims to enable people to make their own decisions and to take responsibility for their own lives and the communities they affect.

Though Citizenship is taught through good practice through the whole-school curriculum, designated lessons designed to inspire and challenge are taught through Tutor Time by Form Tutors, and additionally for Year 9 through a weekly PSHE lesson.

Experiences are:

Relevant – they are under constant review, to ensure that they are in keeping with the needs of young people in our care.

Appropriate – they are designed to transfer knowledge and skills at a time when students need them most, and delivered at a level sensitive to their stage in development.

Emotive – they feature content and tasks of which students should have strong opinions or feelings.

Thought-provoking – due to the sensitive nature of some of the topics students are given time to talk-through and reflect on learning at regular intervals.

How does PSHE benefit pupils at Gartree?

  • It helps them to develop self-confidence and successfully deal with significant life changes and issues such as bullying and discrimination

  • It enables them to make a positive contribution by developing the expertise and experience needed to claim their rights and understand their responsibilities and preparing them for the challenges and opportunities of adult and working life

  • It centres heavily on wellbeing, promoting mental awareness, and spiritual sensitivity in a secular and worldly way, promoting cultural awareness and appropriateness

Citizenship aims to:

  • impart “a sound knowledge and understanding of how the UK is governed, its political system and how citizens participate actively in its democratic systems of government;”

  • “develop a sound knowledge and understanding of the role of law and the justice system in our society and how laws are shaped and enforced;”

  • “develop an interest in, and commitment to, participation in volunteering as well as other forms of responsible activity, that they will take with them into adulthood;”

and to

  • equip students “with the skills to think critically and debate political questions, to enable them to manage their money on a day-to-day basis, and plan for future financial needs;”

Key Stage 3

By the end of KS3, students should be able to demonstrate political awareness, including their roles as citizens, those of parliament and those of the Monarchy.

They should identify with their freedoms and liberties as a citizen, and the impact of law and the justice system.

As a diverse school, identity, awareness and community are prevalent themes in the curriculum, which reinforce our expectations from the young people taught – to show belonging to our community within the school, the country and the world as a global citizen.

Year 7 topics – taught within PSHE lessons and Assemblies

  • Children’s Rights

  • Sex & Relationship Education (SRE) – Puberty

  • What Is Money?

  • Social Media

  • Fair Trade

  • Communication & Self Esteem

Year 8 topics – taught within PSHE lessons and Assemblies

  • Body Image

  • Healthy Living

  • Equality & Identity

  • Emotional Awareness

  • Sex & Relationships Education (SRE) – Commitment & Health

  • Global Citizenship

Year 9 topics – taught within PSHE lessons and Assemblies

  • Gender & Equality

  • Nutrition

  • Drugs Education (DE) – Alcohol, Smoking & Cannabis

  • Monarchy & Rule

  • Study Skills

  • Commitment & Volunteering

  • Gender & Equality

  • Nutrition

  • Drugs Education (DE) – Alcohol, Smoking & Cannabis

  • Monarchy & Rule

  • Study Skills

  • Commitment & Volunteering

Key Stage 4

Preliminary topics – taught through Tutor Time and Assemblies

The Work of Amnesty International

Local Politics


Gender Equality & Emerging Issues

Crime, The Law & Punishment





Drugs Education (DE)

The Environment

Mental Health Awareness

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