Welcome to Bishop Challoner Catholic College


Curriculum Information


Personal Social Health and Economic (PSHE)

Subject rationale – Why study the subject? What benefits does it bring?

At Bishop Challoner Catholic College, we fundamentally believe that it is our duty to help our students become fully developed citizens who understand: how to make safe choices; what moral duty one has to society; how they can be active citizens; how to develop their careers, how to stay healthy and how to manage money. We also believe that Citizenship and Personal, Social, Health, Economic and Character education is of equal value to other academic subjects. By educating our students in these areas we can help create a better society filled with people who understand how their positive choices will help them and their society to flourish and keep them safe.


PSHE and Citizenship are taught in many different ways including through weekly lessons in year 7 and 8 as well as: assemblies; form time lessons; Personal Tutor sessions; health days; Character Week and through our pastoral systems. Mapping of PSHE and Citizenship also encompasses all other subjects because many of the statutory requirements overlap with other key curriculum areas for example healthy lifestyles is covered in PE and science as well as Citizenship, assemblies, tutor times and Character Week.


This provision has been created with the following documents in mind:

  • Citizenship National Curriculum (Sep 13)
  • Relationship & Sex Education & Health Education (June 19)
  • Catholic Education Service – RSE Quality Standard (Jan 20)  
  • PSHE Association - Programme of Study for PSHE Education (Jan 20) 
  • Mental Health Green Paper (Jan 19) 
  • KCSIE (Sep 19) 
  • OFSTED Framework for Inspection – Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural Personal Development (May 19)
  • Character Education (Nov 19)

KS3 curriculum overview - Year 7

Citizenship Lessons Character Week & Health Days

Lessons focus on the following themes:

  • Healthy choices e.g. friendships and lifestyle
  • Rights & responsibilities
  • Human rights
  • Democracy
  • Monarchy
  • Role of parliament
  • Political Parties
  • Voting
  • Skills and careers
  • Being a clever consumer
  • Money matters
  • Active citizenship
  • Social Justice

Character Education including; confidence, courage, empathy, compassion, gratitude and optimism

  • Healthy choices for your body (Dangers of smoking, why we need sleep and internet addition)
  • Healthy friendships
  • Mental health
  • Conflict resolution
  • Stewardship
  • Environmental issues
  • Skills for careers
  • Personal hygiene
  • First Aid
  • Road, train and public transport safety


KS3 curriculum overview - Year 8

Citizenship Lessons Character Week & Health Days

Lessons focus on the following theme:

  • Criminal justice system
  • Rights and role of the police
  • Young offenders
  • Adult courts
  • How democracy links to freedom
  • Civil rights
  • Human rights
  • 2010 Equality Act
  • Freedom of the Press
  • Careers education
  • Racism & discrimination
  • Political and religious extremism
  • Dangers of drugs and alcohol
  • Community
  • Healthy diet including links to cancer and oral health
  • Healthy eating including eating disorders
  • Blood, organ and stem cell donation

Character Education including: team work, resilience, trust, listening skills, eloquence, partnerships, responsibility and assertiveness

  • Refugee awareness
  • Internet safety
  • Conflict resolution
  • Law of Joint Enterprise and gangs
  • Healthy confidence
  • Healthy relationships including peer-on-peer abuse
  • Healthy body (alcohol and drug use dangers)
  • Mental health


KS3 curriculum overview - Year 9

Character Week& Health Days

Lessons focus on the following themes:

  • Careers education and skills
  • 2010 Equality Act
  • Protected characteristics and discrimination
  • Disability awareness
  • Global responsibility
  • Local responsibility
  • Exploitation
  • County lines
  • Environmental issue
  • Self-examination and screening
  • Immunisation and vaccination


Revision Guidance

Citizenship lessons in year 7 and 8 include formal assessments at the end of each Citizenship topic, these will assess knowledge and
understanding of the statutory Citizenship curriculum (DfE, 2014).

Revision materials and tips on how to revise effectively will be given at the point of learning.

All other areas of PSHE and Citizenship will be assessed informally and do not require revision guidance.

KS4 curriculum overview

Character Week, Health Days, tutor time curriculum
and assemblies

Lessons focus on the following themes…

  • Financial Education including income, expenditure, credit
    and savings
  • Public money
  • Debt
  • Gambling including online gambling
  • Pay day loans
  • Conflict resolution
  • County lines
  • Dangers of drugs and alcohol
  • Legal substance misuse
  • Homelessness
  • Family issues and healthy relationships
  • Mental Health and resilience
  • Beyond year 11 career planning
  • Career identifying
  • Employability skills
  • How to make career decisions
  • Interview skills
  • Team work and challenges


Career opportunities

A few examples of careers available that link to Citizenship:

Civil servant, police, social services, MPs, governance, parliamentary advisor, charity sector, lawyer, community support worker, medic, ambulance first responder, carer, financial advisor, accountant, Intelligence officer, data protection advisor.


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