Personal Social Health Education and Citizenship are curriculum areas that underpin everything that happens in our school and in our society.
PSHE gives students the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in society at local, national and international levels. It helps them to become informed, thoughtful and responsible citizens who are aware of their duties and rights.
PSHE promotes pupils spiritual, moral social and cultural development, making them more self-confident and responsible both in and beyond the classroom. It encourages pupils to play a helpful part in the life of their schools, neighbourhoods, communities and the wider world. It also teaches them about our economy and democratic institutions and values, encourage respect for different national, religious and ethnic identities, and develop their ability to reflect on issues and take part in discussions.
The purpose of citizenship education is to equip the next generation of voters with the knowledge and drive to create change in the world around them. Not only are they taught the factual knowledge that will help them to understand the way that the world around them works, but also provides them with the skills they will need to effect change in the world around them, whether this be at a local, national or international level.
Citizenship equips pupils with the knowledge and skills needed for effective and democratic participation. It helps pupils to become informed, critical, active citizens who have the confidence and conviction to work collaboratively, take action and try to make a difference in their communities and the wider world. (National Curriculum, 2007)
At Tarporley High School & 6th Form College, PSHE and Citizenship are delivered through a series of collapsed timetable days throughout the year. Each day has an overarching theme although each year group will study a different element within the theme.
- Day 1 – European Day of Languages
- Day 2 – Anti-Bullying Week
- Day 3 – Risk and Relationship (Making Informed Decisions)
- Day 4 – Plans for Transition (Coping with Change)
- Year 7 – Taking actions at a Local level Local level
- Year 8 – Taking action at a National level National level
- Year 9 – Taking action at an International level
Outside of lessons, students participate in many extra-curricular activities. Examples of these are the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and our Citizenship Exchange Programme with our partner school; Tongaat Secondary, in Durban, South Africa.
We are pleased that both pupils and parents appreciate the huge value of Citizenship days in enabling students to gain invaluable knowledge and experience of real-life issues.
We aim to ensure that Citizenship Days continue to be creative, energetic days which model excellent teaching and learning.