Citizenship, Careers and PHSEE
Citizenship has a wide-reaching aim to help all our youngsters to achieve the development of the whole person and independence, without impairing the rights of others, enabling them to use their academic qualifications when they move into ‘life beyond school’. We aim to assist in the move from childhood, through adolescence, and into young adulthood. The transitions are not always easy and support, advice and guidance are needed at every stage.
The curriculum should: promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils, and prepare such pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. Education Reform Act, 1988.
Is Citizenship taught to all children?
Pupils in Years 7, 8, 9 and 11 have Citizenship lessons and there is continuity in the content throughout a pupil’s time in the school. In Year 10 Citizenship is delivered through Flexible Learning Days.
What sort of topics does Citizenship cover?
Health education (including sex education), citizenship, politics and government, British values, human rights, relationships, study skills, economic awareness, environmental awareness, European awareness and careers education and guidance, work-related learning, enterprise education and current affairs.
Surely parents should teach children these things, so is it really the school’s responsibility?
We see the teaching of all these topics as a partnership between the school and parents. With this teamwork, children will feel continuity and solidarity, which are necessary for their feeling of security. We welcome the support and help of parents in teaching their children, but with the pressures of modern life we have to be aware that not all families do, or can, give their children the necessary information and advice, so it is essential that we provide it for all.
Are parents informed as to the content of the course?
A copy of the Scheme of Work for Citizenship is available to all parents and prospective parents.
Who teaches Citizenship?
We have a highly-qualified, caring team of teachers who mostly hold Middle Management or Senior Management positions within the school. Mr S. Oldfield is the Head of Department and will be willing to discuss any issues with you.
What kind of Careers advice will my child receive?
Careers Education and Guidance is taught as an integral part of the programme, starting with self-awareness and assessment. All pupils are shown how and where to research career and job possibilities and the Careers Library is open every day at break and lunchtimes. There is a photocopier available and pupils are encouraged, at all stages, to collect information. In Year 10 pupils spend one week gaining Work Experience with a local employer. In Year 11 pupils cover applications, interviews and C.V.s and look at job opportunities and the changing work scene as well as tax, pay slips, pensions, etc.
What do pupils feel about Citizenship?
The pupils have a very positive attitude towards the course and it is interesting to read their evaluation reports – “I learned how to cope in a relationship and with others”; “This module gave me a lot of insight into solvent abuse, smoking and drugs”; “This was helpful because at that time I was making decisions about my option subjects”.
Ethics and Society: A Religious Studies GCSE
All students at Dereham Northgate study Ethics and Society and are given the opportunity to achieve an excellent grade in the Full Course GCSE Religious Studies. This is recognised by colleges as strong preparation for A-Level. Students will reflect on their own beliefs, consider their responses to contemporary moral and philosophical issues and sharpen their reasoning skills in both class debates and their own writing. They will develop important communication skills that will equip them for life beyond the classroom.
Why does everyone study Ethics and Society GCSE?
It prepares students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. Ethics and Society provides academic rigour as suitable preparation for A Level studies; it develops interpersonal skills useful for many career paths. It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural and academic development of students. GCSE years are formative for students in building their own worldview. It enables students to cultivate an understanding of the world around them and their moral compass. It is also the law! Religious Studies is a core subject alongside English, Maths and Science. The modern world need young people who are sufficiently confident in their own beliefs and values that they can respect the religious and cultural differences of others, and contribute to society.
What is studied in Ethics and Society?
Students will follow Edexcel’s Religious Studies Specification B, which will focus on the core beliefs and lifestyles of Christians and Muslims and also responses to contemporary issues in society.
Christian views on: belief in God (God’s nature, Jesus, science, origins of life and suffering); marriage and the family (key practices, types of family, marriage, sexual relationships, divorce and contraception); lifestyle (worship, prayer, pilgrimage, the Church and its future); matters of life and death (abortion, euthanasia, life after death, equality and roles of men and women).
Muslim views on: belief in Allah (Allah’s nature, Pillars of Islam, angels, prophets, peace and suffering); crime and punishment (life after death, causes of crime, aims of punishment, treatment of criminals, justice and forgiveness); lifestyle (Holy books, pilgrimage, gibing, prayer, fasting and festivals); peace and conflict (causes of conflict, Just War, Peace and Holy War and pacifism).
Key aspects of the Personal, Social, Health and Economic Awareness Education curriculum (PSHEE) will also be addressed through these lessons. Topics such as sex and relationships, healthy lifestyles, the impact of drugs and economic awareness will be addressed and considered.