Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Leader:

Mrs S Stones

Department Introduction:

Your PSHCE lessons will promote your personal and social development, including health and well being. They will encourage in you self-awareness, positive self-esteem and confidence to:

Stay as healthy as possible
Have worthwhile and fulfilling relationships
Respect the differences between people
Develop independence and responsibility
Make the most of your own and others' abilities

The Programme


What we cover in your PSHCE programme depends on several things:

  1. What the Government has decided it is important for you to know or be able to do.
  2. What your Head of Year has found are the issues for your year group.
  3. What other pupils have said when asked what they want to know and when they want to know it.

The programme changes every year so feel free to make your views known to the PSHCE staff in lesson evaluations or tell them directly. What YOU think and what concerns YOU matters a great deal in this subject.




What is Citizenship?


From September 2002 all schools have had a new subject to teach.  Citizenship Education will empower you to participate in society as active, informed, critical and responsible citizens.  It will be taught in PSHCE lessons, some history, geography and RS lessons, and through active participation in a whole range of school and community activities.


The Programme


There are six strands within the Citizenship curriculum:


  • Critical Thinking and Enquiry
  • Advocacy and Representation
  • Taking Informed and Responsible Action
  • Democracy and Justice
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Identities and Diversity


Citizenship Days


During their first half term in school, Year 7 have a whole morning of Citizenship activities


In March, Year 8 have a whole day of Citizenship activities


Assessment and Reporting


As you can see, there are many opportunities available to you for being a good citizen and many of them will not necessarily be in school.  For this reason your Citizenship assessment will involve your Citizenship Portfolio in which you will gather evidence  during Key Stage 3.


There will be chance to reflect on your progress during the Citizenship days and in tutor time.  Your attainment will be reported at the end of KS3.


Useful websites to visit:



Prison!me!no way!

European Parliament Information

Conservative party

Labour party

Green party


Outside Agencies


Various experts come into school to help us to deliver the PSHCE programe. So expect to meet:


  • In Year 7: The School Nurse who will be dispelling the myths about puberty
  • In Year 8: A bereavement counsellor
  • In Year 10: Yoga instructors who will show you one way of dealing with stress
  • In Year 11: Sixth form students who will give you guidance on A Level choices & A representative from the Teenage Cancer Trust.


PSHCE Assessment


There will be some assessment during your PSHCE lessons, but because the intended outcomes are often a change in attitude or a new social skill the assessment will not always be a written one.


Your progress is reported on by PSHCE teachers once a year in your full report.


Useful websites to visit:




Young People's Experiences


National AIDS Trust - Nat


Curse Bereavement Care


Child & Adolescent Mental Health - Young Minds


Useful Contacts


  • The Educational Welfare Service 01902 555250
  • Wolverhampton Anti-Bullying Project 0800 616798 
  • Wolverhampton Anti-bullying Co-ordinator Janet Kerr 01902 555236 
  • Childline 0800 1111 
  • NSPCC 0207 825 2500 
  • Kidscape 0207 7303300 
  • EACH helpline 0808 1000 143  (for support with homophobic bullying)
  • Parentline 0808 800 2222 
  • Childnet  (for info on cyberbullying)

Department Aims:

Key Stage 3:

Key Stage 4:

Key Stage 5:

Extra-Curricular Activities: