All pupils at Crown Hills Community College have two lessons a week on Citizenship and PSHEE (Personal Health and Economic Education) in KS3.

Citizenship education is about enabling pupils to make their own decisions and to take responsibility for their own lives as well as taking in interest and participating in local, national and international issues.

We encourage students to understand their rights and responsibilities and become 'model', 'good' and ‘active’ citizens both in school and in their futures.

We encourage pupils to relate to real life events, controversial and topical issues that encourage and develop thinking, research and debating skills as well as numeracy and literacy skills.

Our PSHEE lessons develop self-confidence and strategies to deal with lifes challenges and explore opportunities of adult and working life.

Citizenship and PSHEE is about developing :

•Knowledge and understanding:

•Skills and aptitudes: Critical thinking, analysing information, expressing opinions, taking part in discussions, debates, negotiating, conflict resolution and participating in community action.

•Values and dispositions: Respect for justice, democracy and the rule of law, openness, tolerance, courage to defend a point of view and a willingness to listen to, work with and stand up for others.

Citizenship and PSHEE is important because it addresses real issues, relating to social justice, human rights, community cohesion and developing students SMSC awareness (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural) both now and in the future.

The Life Skills KS3 Curriculum at a glance

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Citizenship 1 = Rules, fairness, rights & responsibilities, the work of the school council, having your say and democracy. Citizenship 1 = Rules, fairness, rights & responsibilities, the Law, ASBO’s, young offenders, gangs, mock trial, sentencing and the youth offending team. Citizenship 1 = Rules, fairness, responsibilities, justice, Human Rights, police rights, surveillance, terrorism, freedom of information and equality.
Citizenship 2 = Communities and identities, being good and active citizens, changing our community and bringing communities together. Citizenship 2 = Local communities and local government involves understanding local issues, the work of the council, stereotyping, racism, sexism, discrimination and the law. Citizenship 2 = National Government and National Politics, political parties, various voting systems, role of MP’s, Houses of Parliament, law making, pressure groups, UK Government and the monarchy.
Citizenship 3 = Being a global citizen, understanding child labour, Fair trade, charity and volunteering. Citizenship 3 = Human rights in a global community, refugees, migration, media and the free press. Citizenship 3 = Britain and the world: Europe, the Commonwealth, United Nations, Northern Ireland and South Africa.
PSHEE 1 = Understanding yourself and relationships. (Including anti-bullying week). Dealing with homework, family issues, domestic violence etc. PSHEE 1 = Understanding yourself and relationships looks at self-esteem, shyness, leisure time, beating boredom, divided families, domestic violence, friendship, culture, lifestyle and influences. We also investigate stereotypes. PSHEE 1 = Understanding yourself and relationships looks at becoming an adult, dealing with loss and bereavement, assertive behaviour, mental illness and racism.
PSHEE 2 = You and your money, looks at money management and being a consumer. PSHEE 2 = You and your money investigates financial risks and gambling awareness. PSHEE 2 = You and your money looks at banking, savings and being a green consumer.
PSHEE 3 = You and work, looks at skills, qualities, qualifications, doing market research, designing, marketing and presenting a product as a group. PSHEE 3 = You and work looks at the organisation of firms, employment and unemployment, different industries, finance, risk and profit. PSHEE 3 = You and work looks at decision making, knowing our strengths, skills and qualities.(including the Options module) and undertaking careers research.
PSHEE 4 = You and your body: looks at puberty and the awareness of drugs and smoking. PSHEE 4 = Keeping healthy looks at the risk and awareness of alcohol and drugs, physical safety at home and in the streets PSHEE 4 =You and your body looks at adolescence, eating disorders, drugs awareness, positive body image, physical safety, relationships and STI’s

In KS4, (year 10 and 11) pupils undertake a GCSE in Humanities (AQA Board), this integrates religious studies, history, geography and Life Skills.

Students look at four key areas, they are examined on this and the exam is worth 75% of their final grade.

In addition, pupils work independently to complete a 2,000 word essay in controlled conditions with support from their Life Skills teacher.

This is worth 25% of the final grade.

Pupils are provided with a source booklet prior to the exam to work from, annotate and prepare for prior to the exam.

Culture and Core Beliefs

• Understanding common and contrasting cultures

• Understanding simple and complex cultures

• Understanding subculture, agents of socialisation, identity and IQ

• Understanding the nature V nurture debate

• Understanding laws, morals values, beliefs and rituals

• Understanding migration and multiculturalism

• Investigating social, moral, political or religious issues (capital punishment, euthanasia, medical ethics, the monarchy etc)

Conflict and Cooperation

• Understanding causes and effects of conflict.

• Understanding Human Rights, freedoms and responsibilities.

• Conflict at a local level (bullying)

• Conflict at a national level (apartheid and South Africa)

• Conflict at an international level (Rwanda)

• Students have the opportunity to select other conflicts i.e. Syria, Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq as case studies etc.


• Environmental problems (pollution, global warming, habitats, climate change, exploitation, tourism etc.)

• Understanding renewable and non-renewable resources

• Looking at the energy crises

• Individual and group responses to the environment, the work of political groups, pressure groups and business

• Solutions to environmental problems

• Investigating case studies: Tropical rainforests, deforestation, coral reefs etc.

• Investigating sustainable solutions

• Investigating National Parks

People and work

• Understanding the relevance of work in different cultures

• Motivations for work

• Understanding leisure and work satisfaction

• Understanding the impact of unemployment

• Understanding the impact of technology

• Understanding the three main employment sectors

• Explaining globalisation and multinational companies and the change in working patterns

• Looking at economic migration

• Investigating case studies involving conflict in the workplace, equality legislation and the role of trade unions

In 2016, the faculty has also started delivering Citizenship GCSE at KS4

This is 100% exam based and includes the following topics

Rights and responsibilities Democracy, elections and voting in the UK Identities and diveristy in the UK society
The law National, local, regional and devolved government The UK and its relations with the wider world.
The legal system The British Constitution  
  The economy, finance and money  
  The role of the media and free press  
  Citizenship participation and action  
  Politics beyond the UK  
Please encourage your child to use sophisticated vocubulary, watch/read the news and develop an opinion on what is going on locally, nationall and internationally.

Try to discuss current affairs with them and encourage them to attend the numerous revision sessions that the school offers during lunchtimes and after school.

Revision booklets are provided closer to the exams.

In addition we teach a one off Life Skills lesson which prepares students for the wider world.

Students look at:

Financial Management Work SRE British Values
Consumer/Banking/ Debt/ Financial Management Economic Enterprise/understanding payslips/insurance CV’s, letters of application, UCAS, personal statements, charity work and volunteering Teenage Parent Contraception lesson SR awareness Forced marriage Mental Health Eating disorders Homophobia Legal Highs/Shisha Smoking SEN/Drug Awareness Diabetic awareness Cancer awareness Radicalisation Gang Culture Knife Crime Anti-Social Behavior

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