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Citizenship education helps to provide pupils with knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society. In particular, citizenship education fosters pupils’ awareness and understanding of the world in which they live. We aim to teach throughout Key Stage 3 and 4:

  • Rights and wrongs
  • Consequences
  • What is democracy
  • Government and how laws are made and upheld.
  • Key political issues
  • Radicalisation and its dangers
  • Managing your own money
  • Volunteering and why people volunteer
  • The importance of being part of a community

It provides the skills and knowledge to explore key issues critically, to weigh evidence, debate and make reasoned arguments. It prepares pupils to take their place in society as responsible citizens.

In a lesson we will use a range of different teaching and learning techniques, ranging from group work to community involvement, individual research to debate, computer based lessons to team building exercises. We aim to make the lessons as “hands on” and as practical as possible.

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What is PSHE at Blackfriars Academy?

PSHE is taught as an individual subject at Blackfriars Academy and is embedded in the curriculum and reinforced through cross curricular teaching. At Blackfriars we believe it is vital that every pupil understands the world in which they live and how take an active part to live in that world, PSHE helps pupils achieve that goal. As part of this programme we teach pupils how to be safe in the world in which they live.

Key teaching topics at Key Stage 3 include:

  • Careers Information and Guidance
  • Democracy – having your say, looking at the work of School Council and student voice
  • E Safety
  • Health Topics including personal hygiene
  • Personal Finance
  • Personal Safety
  • Radicalisation
  • Sex and Relationships
  • Stranger Danger

Key teaching topics at Key Stage 4 include:

  • Alcohol and Drug Education
  • Careers Information and Guidance, including the Which Way Now programme and Work Experience
  • Democracy – the voting process and debating national issues
  • E Safety
  • Female Genital Mutilation Awareness
  • Health Topics including risky behaviours
  • Help Services
  • Personal Finance – how to live on a budget and banking procedures
  • Radicalisation
  • Sex and Relationships, including how to stay sexually healthy.

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