Citizenship & PSHE

Subject Overview

‘Citizenship and PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic education) at Waddesdon Church of England School provides a vital foundation for the personal development of young people preparing them for adult life.’

Citizenship at Waddesdon School gives students a voice, an opportunity to learn about global issues and the basis for adult life. It promotes their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, making them more self-confident and responsible both in and beyond the classroom. It encourages students to play a helpful part in the life of their schools, neighbourhood, community and the wider world. It also teaches them about our economy and democratic institutions and values, encouraging respect for different national, religious and ethnic identities, and develops students’ ability to reflect on issues and take part in discussions.

PSHE equips children and young people with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive, fulfilled, capable and responsible lives. The delivery of PSHE contributes to children and young people becoming effective at making life transitions, learning in a positive way, understanding career choices and managing their future finances effectively. PSHE aims to develop confident young people who are able to make the most of their abilities.

Teaching Aims and Objectives

Citizenship and PSHE education requires an approach to learning and teaching that is active and emphasises learning by doing, using discussion and debates to be interactive in the classroom. Students are encouraged to think for themselves using critical thinking skills, thus ensuring that students have a say and are able to participate fully. Cooperation and group work is encouraged through the collaboration of sessions.

Students are able to develop their Citizenship and PSHE education through active involvement. Discussions, debates and participation in school and community life enable students to understand the link between Citizenship, PSHE and their role as a citizen.

Citizenship and PSHE can help with students’ personal development in the following ways:

  • understanding their role as an individual in society
  • enabling them to express their personal views and opinions
  • developing their self-concept/self-awareness
  • understanding issues concerning personal health, welfare and relationships at a significant time in their personal development.

Course Information

Citizenship and PSHE lessons are timetabled at Key Stage 3 and 4 and form a substantial part of the Key Stage 5 Employability Award programme.

Citizenship and PSHE is currently delivered to all year groups by a dedicated team of staff. This specialist team take an active role in the monitoring, evaluation, teaching and learning of the programme to the standards required. Staff are experienced in delivering a wide range of topics included in the programme. Their passion and expertise in their specialist subject is linked to the delivery of the programme.

Each year group participates in a series of conferences entitled 'Successful Learning'.

Citizenship Programmes of Study

Year 7 Programme of Study

Year 8 Programme of Study

Year 9 Programme of Study

Year 10 Programme of Study

Year 11 Programme of Study

  • Subject Leader: Bonita Bridges
  • Teachers: Matthew Abbott, Hazel Allen, Rachel Branton, Vanessa Clark, Matt Dipple, Sam Jones, Janek Maciejewski, Annalies McIver, Kate Turner.