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All Holte School staff are involved in delivering Citizenship and PSHE education, we do this through a cross curricular approach, over seven 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 (now called SMSC 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.

Citizenship is a statutory subject and although PSHE is currently a non-statutory subject, there are aspects of it we are required to teach. We must teach relationships and sex education (RSE) under the Children and Social Work Act 2017, in line with the terms set out in statutory guidance. We must also teach health education under the same statutory guidance.

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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 three Citizenship Days held once a term and through an SMSC programme of study delivered by form tutors twice 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 twice a week. In addition Year Managers deliver a series of assemblies on the core themes of Citizenship to complement the work undertaken during Citizenship Days 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:



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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.


GCSE Citizenship

Citizenship Studies is about how people take an active part in democratic politics and work together for a better society, locally, nationally and globally.

In year 9, pupils are given an introduction to the key Citizenship concepts of rights, democracy, money and the rule of law, as well as affording the pupils an opportunity to create and develop their own Citizenship campaign.

The GCSE gives pupils the opportunity to learn about power, democracy, the operation of government and the legal system, and the role of the UK in the wider world. Pupils will also experience taking citizenship action and learn from trying to make a difference themselves.

Pupils will develop knowledge and understanding of the role of citizenship in relation to current issues that impact on modern society. Enquiry questions at the start of each theme engage pupils with what it means to be an active citizen and the role of citizenship in relation to current issues that impact on modern society. Taking citizenship action will provides opportunities for pupils to develop skills in research and investigation, problem solving, advocacy and campaigns, helping to prepare them for the next steps in today’s global world.

In this course pupils will be exploring ideas in depth around:

  • Theme A: Living 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.

Assessment: Written examination

Paper 1: written examination (50% )

Section A - Questions are focused on specification Theme A: Living together in the UK.

Section B - Questions are focused on specification Theme B: Democracy at work in the UK

Section C - Questions are focused on specification Theme C: Law and justice.

Section D - Extended-response questions related to two or more of specification Themes A–C.

Paper 2: written examination (50%)

Section A - Questions relate to the students’ own citizenship action, as specified in specification Theme E: Taking citizenship action.

Section B - Questions require students to comment on others’ actions and relate to specification Theme D: Power and influence.

Section C - Questions are focused on specification Theme D: Power and influence. One question will also link to content in one of Themes A–C.


We aim to use a range of homework activities:

Research – many areas of the Citizenship curriculum require a good knowledge and understanding of current events. Research homework tasks may involve watching news broadcasts, exploring media online or investigating organisational structures.

Answering exam questions – these are a regular homework designed to help students understand the exam criteria and to develop their exam technique. They often mark their answers using the mark scheme and model answers as a guide.

Revision for tests – this type of homework is often used as we complete topics; its aim is to give students time to consolidate their understanding and to build up a body of knowledge.

Resource that will help pupils extend their knowledge

Exam Board: Edexcel Specification- https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/citizenship-studies-2016.html

All students are encouraged to keep up to date with the local and national news through television news programmes like Newsround and the Six O’clock news in Key Stage 3, or the Channel 4 News and later BBC and ITV bulletins in Key Stage 4.

Reading quality national newspaper (eg The Times, Telegraph, Independent, Guardian) is recommended. The Library has a daily copy of The Times and Guardian and the Week Junior, and for GCSE students there are politics periodicals like the Spectator and New Statesman. We also recommend keeping up to date with local news via The Richmond & Twickenham Times website and various local social media feeds.

Being aware of topical local, national and international news and issues improves general knowledge and can only boost pupils’ ability to discuss issues in depth, ask critical questions, and examine different viewpoints on current local, national and international events.

BBC Website



Citizenship Today (Edexcel endorsed textbook)

Collins Revision – GCSE Citizenship

Possible careers include:

Citizenship graduates can take their pick from a huge variety of careers.




Broadcast Journalist

Charity Officer

Early Years Teacher

Editorial Assistant

Exhibition Designer


Government Research Officer

Heritage Manager


Magazine Features Editor

Museum Education Officer

Museum/Gallery Conservator

Museum/Gallery Curator

Politician's Assistant

Political Research Assistant

Press Officer

Press Sub-editor


Programme Researcher

Project Support Officer

Public Relations Officer

Radio Broadcast Assistant

Records Manager

Recruitment Consultant

Runner (Broadcasting/Film)

Television Production/Assistant

Tour Guide

Extra curricular

The department organises visits and invited outside speakers into school.

Cross-curricular links

Throughout the study of these courses there are links between PHSCE and other subjects such as English, Law, Politics, Religious Studies, History and Sociology.


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