PCE education helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage many of the critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face as they grow up and in adulthood.
Students will be taught to stay safe and healthy, and by building self-esteem, resilience and empathy, an effective PCE programme will tackle barriers to learning, raise aspirations, and improve the life chances of all students including the most vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils.
PCE education addresses teenage pregnancy, substance misuse, unhealthy eating, lack of physical activity, and emotional health. The skills and attributes developed through PCE education are also shown to increase academic attainment and attendance rates, as well as improve employability and boosting social mobility.
Citizenship education develops knowledge, skills and understanding that students need to play a full part in society as active and responsible citizens. Students learn about politics, parliament and voting as well as human rights, justice, the law and the economy. They also learn the skills of active citizenship. Teaching is brought to life using real issues and events in local to global contexts.
Students will not be formally assessed in PCE.
Students in Key Stage 3 will have a timetabled citizenship lesson once per week. Students in Key Stage 4 will be taught via drop down days.
There will be no formal homework set for PCE and Citizenship but students may wish to discuss the issues raised at home.
During the year sections of the PCE and Citizenship curriculum may be presented by outside agencies such as the police or the school nurse. Some of the learning activities will involve group work, discussion and parts of the curriculum may be delivered to whole year groups or single sex groups if appropriate.
All year groups will look at careers advice and guidance as part of the PCE and Citizenship curriculum with particular emphasis being place on choices for students moving on from Lees Brook at the end of year 11.