PSHE and Citizenship

At Bottisham Village College, we believe that the personal development of students –

spiritually, morally, socially and culturally – plays a crucial role in their ability to learn, to achieve and to thrive.  Encompassing the key strands of PSHE (personal, social, health and economic education) and citizenship, personal development is at the heart of our curriculum at Bottisham Village College. 

The personal development curriculum explores these themes:

The areas that will be explored are:

Personal wellbeing    

Economic wellbeing

Citizenship education forms an important part of our everyday teaching, across faculties. There are also conference days which provide additional opportunities for more in depth learning and a broader understanding of citizenship themes.

The citizenship curriculum offers students the opportunity to learn about the rights and responsibilities of living in local, national and global communities.  They study how local and national governmental institutions work, and how change can be effected through active participation in political life. For example, students study how the UN functions through a simulation of a real-life event, and about their rights and responsibilities in different communities. We are proud of our work as an accredited International School and continue we run projects with our European partner schools.

Resources

Our resources are continually reviewed and updated. There is an extensive range of resources designed specifically to support the teaching and learning of personal development. We work closely with the PSHE service who support our PSHE programme.

How Learning is Organised
Our PSHE and Citizenship curriculum is led by the Head of Learning and year teams.  External providers and relevant outside agencies also support and enhance the curriculum.  Collapsed Curriculum days are timetabled during the year and cover the following curriculum programme:

Year 7

  • Managing Change
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Understanding and Managing Safety and Risk, Preparing for Camp

Year 8

  • Economic wellbeing: Understanding and Managing Money
  • Healthy Relationships (including anti-bullying)
  • Society and Democracy
  • Drug Education
  • Careers and Employability
  • Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing

Year 9

  • Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing 2
  • Rights and Responsibilities 2
  • Careers and Employability 2
  • Identity, Diversity and Communities
  • Relationships and Sex Education 1 and 2

Year 10

  • Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Careers and Employability
  • Drug Education
  • Society and Democracy
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • A year to go

Year 11

  • Managing Change
  • Understanding and managing safety and risk
  • Identity, Diversity and Communities
  • Relationships and Sex Education
  • Healthy Lifestyles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A look at our school calendar will indicate the extent and scope of opportunities available to our students which enhance and support their personal development.  These happen both within the school day and beyond it and they include: extended form time, regular themed assemblies, cultural, drama and music events, workshops and presentations, a highly developed Extended Schools programme and a wide and varied activities week programme in July which is open to all our students. 

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