PSHE Education, Citizenship and Careers Education

Through PSHE Education & Citizenship lessons, students are encouraged and supported to develop into self-aware decision makers able to sustain independent, responsible and fulfilled lives.

Students receive PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic education) lessons once a fortnight. RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) lessons form part of the school’s PSHE curriculum, in line with statutory guidelines outlined by the Department for Education. At Holbrook Academy, the focus of PSHE lessons is on supporting students to develop the skills they need to live fulfilling and healthy lives. We therefore use the term Life Skills on the student’s timetables for PSHE lessons. Life Skills lessons will be delivered forming a spiral curriculum across all year groups. You can find a breakdown of the school year with each term’s content by following this link:  PSHE Curriculum Map 2023-24

Citizenship education forms part of the curriculum for all students. It is structured to enable students to learn about the following topics:

* Rights and Responsibilities

* The Economy

* Global Citizenship

* Finance and the Economy

* Citizenship in the UK

* Role of the Media

* Justice

* Democracy and Voting

* Identity and Diversity

* UK and the Rest of the World

Through discussion and participation they will be equipped with the skills to consider how they might make effective contributions to the communities in which they live. Our aim is to build self esteem and a feeling of personal worth, encouraging students to look after themselves and respect others. We aim to equip all students with the skills to enable them to ‘learn to learn’ and understand the responsibilities of being a citizen, parent, consumer and employee. Students are encouraged to take an interest in topical and controversial issues and to engage in discussion and debate. Students learn about rights and responsibilities, duties and freedoms, laws, justice and democracy. Students are encouraged to become active participants and understand the basis of ethical decision making and the importance of having moral courage.

Careers education forms part of the curriculum for all students. It is structured to enable students to learn about themselves, their abilities, their strengths and weaknesses and to support them in making informed decisions regarding their own future. All students will have access to impartial advice and guidance to help them to make well informed decisions when choosing Key Stage 4 options and post 16 courses. Students will have the opportunity to undertake a period of work experience during Key Stage 4.