PHSEE and Citizenship

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All year groups have five PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) days in each academic year. Students build upon previous study to continue to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. PSHEE helps our students develop the qualities and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and to make an outstanding contribution to the Britain of the 21st Century. The days are delivered by Academy staff and external partners and are flexible enough to adapt to issues that arise in an ever changing world.

The core themes of our PSHE program are:

The core themes are delivered on a rotation each year.

Core themes

Staying healthy

The staying Healthy is based around the following themes

  • Personal hygiene
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Friendships and relationships
  • Health checks and accessing health services
  • Exercise and healthy lifestyles

In Year 7, students will study:

  • Friendships and relationships
  • Self Esteem
  • Personal hygiene

In Year 8, students will study:

  • Diet and nutrition
  • Bullying
  • Friendship and relationships

In Year 9, students will study:

  • Exercise and healthy lifestyles
  • Healthy relationships

In Year 10, students will study:

  • Mental and emotional health
  • Health checks and accessing health services


Careers & IAG

The Careers and independent advice a guidance programme is based on a number of key concepts:

  • Raising aspirations
  • Personal goals and action plans
  • Post 16 progression routes: A levels, apprenticeships, college, traineeships, employment, University, etc.
  • Local labour market
  • Interview and assessment skills
  • Career opportunities and pathways
  • Work experience
  • Recording experience and achievement
  • Applications and CVs

In Year 7 students will:

  • Look at their aspirations and goals
  • Develop a five year plan, including potential GCSE pathways
  • Look at the ’whole you’ and recognise their own skills and attributes

In Year 8 students will:

  • Investigate GCSE Pathways preparation
  • Look at a range of job profiles
  • Review Local labour market information
  • Discuss Employability skills

In Year 9 students will:

  • Attend a Careers Fair
  • Review career entry requirements
  • Attend employer talks and workshops

In Year 10 students will:

  • Prepare work experience applications
  • Complete a one week work experience placement

In Year 11 students will:

  • Attend a Post 16 taster day at either:
    • A local Sixth Form , or
    • An FE college, or
    • A vocational college
  • Attend an Apprenticeship workshop
  • Complete application forms and create CVs
  • Complete mock interviews with external partners

Citizenship in Modern Britain

Key Concepts

  • British Culture and Identity
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Democracy
  • Rule of Law
  • Respect and Tolerance
  • Individual liberty
  • Environmental responsibility
  • Evaluating media sources
  • Participation, Teamwork and Leadership
  • Combatting radicalisation and extremism

Year 7: Combatting Anti-Social Behaviour

  • Patterns of anti-social behaviour: the Macclesfield Crime Map
  • The impact on victims
  • Anti-social behaviour and the criminal justice system
  • The rule of law
  • The effect of peer pressure
  • Solutions to anti-social behaviour

Year 8: United we stand

  • The nature of terrorism
  • Terror in the media
  • British values
  • Creative responses to terror

Year 9: Environmental Citizenship

  • Biodiversity
  • Impact of lifestyle choices
  • Practical environmental project

Year 10: Democracy and Human Rights (NB This day may take place in Y11)

  • Democracy in the UK
  • Political systems around the world: case studies
  • Individual liberties
  • UN Declaration of Human Rights
  • Rights of the Child
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Rights in the workplace

Year 11: Equality and Diversity (NB This day may take place in Y10)

  • Racism
  • Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust
  • Homophobia
  • Gender Equality
  • Equality and the law
  • Challenging Prejudice

Finance & Enterprise

The Finance & Enterprise programme is based on a number of key concepts which include:

  • Empowering students to harness their personal and business skills
  • Empowering students to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need for work and in life

As well as developing the following competencies:

  • Creative and innovative thinking
  • Prioritisation and time management
  • Problem solving
  • Communication, negotiation and persuasiveness skills
  • Working with others
  • Taking risks
  • Showing initiative

In Year 7 students will:

  • Do team building
  • Design, produce a prototype and market a hat for Chester Zoo


In Year 8 students will:

  • Do team building
  • Look at budgeting
  • Understand how and countries trade

In Year 9 students will:

  • Have an Dragon’s Den day where they get to pitch their new products made from limited resources

In Year 10 students will:

  • Have an Enterprise day where they are tasked with launching their own breakfast business

In Year 11 students will:

  • Look at budgeting
  • Look at consumer rights
  • Have an awareness of gambling

Staying safe

The staying safe programme is based on a number of matters that are relevant to the age of the child and local issues in Macclesfield.

In Year 7 students will:

  • Build on the E-safety unit already completed in ICT and look at impact of cyberbullying and how to deal with it
  • Look at ways children are at risk, both on the roads and walking: road and personal safety – how to stay safe
  • Learn basic first aid – what to do if…

In Year 8 students will attend workshops that:

  • Investigate substance misuse: specifically smoking, alcohol and drugs.
  • Look at the effect the substances have on the brain
  • Attend an assembly from the local PCSO officer

In Year 9 students will attend workshops on:

  • Healthy relationships and respect assembly
  • Pregnancy & contraception – the demonstrator, methods and morning after pill and what do you do if you think you are
  • Sexual Health and question time.  STI, FGM, circumcision, homosexual relationships etc.
  • E-safety-Online relationships – sexting, pornography – expectations of sex, sex in the media grooming, respectful words.

In Year 10 students will:

  • Investigate the prevent agenda and social stereotypes
  • Look at antisocial behaviour and investigate the issues that contribute to it
  • Identify their online responsibilities and look at current issues

In Year 11 students will:

  • Receive support focussed on staying healthy both mentally and physically in the run up to the exam season.
  • Attend workshop on revision techniques
  • Be able identify if they are stressed and what contributed to it. Also, look at ways we can reduce stress and look at our support networks.
  • Participate in some alternative stress reducing activities