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An overview

All Holte School staff are involved in delivering Citizenship and PSHE education, we do this through a cross curricular approach, over six discreet days a year and as part of a Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural programme of study delivered during form time.

Every pupil at Holte takes part in PSHE and Citizenship days and they are often filled with subject specialists from the working world, government organisations such as the NHS or the police and voluntary organisations as well as visits to various places in and around Birmingham.

Our Citizenship and PSHE curriculum provides an invaluable opportunity to support students’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural (SMSC) development and to promote fundamental British values and our core school values amongst students.

The Citizenship curriculum

We are committed to ensuring that all of our students’:

  • acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of how the United Kingdom is governed, its political system and how citizens participate actively in its democratic systems of government
  • develop a sound knowledge and understanding of the role of law and the justice system in our society and how laws are shaped and enforced
  • develop an interest in, and commitment to, participation in volunteering as well as other forms of responsible activity, that they will take with them into adulthood
  • are equipped with the skills to think critically and debate political questions, to enable them to manage their money on a day-to-day basis, and plan for future financial needs

The core citizenship curriculum is delivered by all staff during two citizenship mornings held once a term and through an SMSC programme of study delivered by form tutors once a week. The curriculum has been developed around three core themes at Key Stage 3, 4 and 5.

  1. democracy and justice,
  2. rights and responsibilities
  3. identities and diversity.

Citizenship is also taught as part of the school’s SMSC programme of study delivered during form time once a week. In addition Year Managers deliver a series of assemblies on the core themes of citizenship to complement the work undertaken during Citizenship mornings and form time. At Key Stage 4 students also help to plan their own days, deciding what they would like to learn about within Citizenship and then delivering the material to their peers.

All students undertake an annual Citizenship examination and their progress in Citizenship is reported as part of the school’s arrangements for reporting to parents.

GCSE Citizenship is also offered for study at Key Stage 4. Students follow the Edexcel specification structured into five themes, assessed in two examinations:

  • Theme A: Living together in the UK
  • Theme B: Democracy at work in the UK
  • Theme C: Law and justice
  • Theme D: Power and influence
  • Theme E: Taking citizenship action

Further details regarding the GCSE Citizenship course are available using the link below:


The programme of study for Citizenship

Click here for the Citizenship programme of study. 

Click here for the school’s Citizenship Policy

For further information regarding the school’s SMSC programme of study please refer to the SMSC section of the school website.

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