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Careers & Personal Development

Careers & Personal Development

Citizenship at Somercotes Academy is not just a single subject. The Curriculum Area covers PSHE (personal, social, health and economic), Careers and many aspects of Work Related Learning in addition to Citizenship under this single title.

All students in all Years have at least one lesson a week.

Citizenship gives students the skills and attitudes to lead successful lives at The Academy and beyond.

Ethos & Values

In this Curriculum Area, we aim to help students:

  • Develop their confidence and responsibility and make the most of their abilities.
  • Develop a healthy, safer lifestyle.
  • Gain the skills necessary to lead a life with Financial and Economic awareness.
  • Enjoy lessons gaining skills necessary for a productive future.
  • Take part in activities that allow them to make a contribution to the local and wider communities.
  • Develop good relationships and respect the differences between people.
  • Know and understand about becoming informed citizens.
  • Develop skills of enquiry and communication.
  • Develop skills of participation and responsible action.
  • Continually develop the skills and practice of all staff.
  • Adopt a philosophy of continuous improvement in every aspect of the delivery of all subjects within the curriculum area.

Knowledge & Skills

Within the Citizenship Curriculum students will have the opportunity to study three main elements; Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education, Citizenship and Vocational Education. The Curriculum area also has responsibility for delivering; Level 1/2 Preparation for Working Life at Key Stage 4.

CPSHE is a compulsory subject in Key Stages 3 and 4, however, opportunities are available through other subjects and activities across the school to assist in meeting the aims and objectives of Citizenship and PSHE Education. Citizenship and PSHE Education incorporates the national curriculum framework for Personal, Social and Health and Economic Education, and makes a large contribution to delivery of the National Curriculum statutory order for Citizenship and Work Related Learning with many aspects of Enterprise.

Resources & Facilities

The curriculum has a centralised bank of multimedia resources as well as general teaching resources to allow lessons to be fully interactive for the student.

The curriculum area also has a number of teambuilding resources such as; sexual health resources and drug awareness teaching aids.

Courses & Qualifications

Key Stage 3

Students at Somercotes Academy study a Citizenship curriculum that includes key elements of PHSE study and development as an active Citizen for their communities and wider life. In year 7 focus is given to transition from primary school, puberty, healthy eating, British Values and other topics. In year 8 students further develop their understanding of puberty and relationships and multiculturalism whilst also exploring the law and democracy of the UK, careers and options alongside topics. Students have one period a week of Citizenship throughout their time at Somercotes Academy.

Citizenship also includes the outside speakers and visitors into the academy to help students in their understanding of many of these areas.

Key Stage 4

As well as continuing and developing the areas introduced in KS3 focus on elements from the four interrelated strands of personal development, health and safety, relationships and becoming an active citizen. Timing and content are appropriate for the student's needs and priorities in each year. Sex and Relationship Education, Drugs Education (smoking and alcohol), Healthy Lifestyle and Inter Personal Skills are central to this Key Stage. In addition students study core Religious Education to support their understanding of other cultures and religious groups as well as wider moral and ethical concerns.

Year 11 students are guided through the procedure for applications Post 16 and are given information on all options at all institutions to allow them to make informed choices about their future. Student are encouraged to visit all open days and careers events available to them and to use the post 16 application website that has been designed for use within the local area. We endeavour to give all students two one to one interviews to aid them in these important decisions and a private interview room is available to accommodate this. In addition students in year 11 study mental health and stress and their role as a citizen in the future.

Sex Education

As part of our Year 9 Personal and Social Education program we deliver a series of sessions on Relationships and Sex Education. These lessons follow government guidelines and the topics included in this programme are:-

  • Appropriate behavior in personal situations
  • Relationships and sexual relationships
  • Consent
  • Sexual intercourse
  • The risks involved in having sexual intercourse
  • Pregnancy
  • Contraception
  • HIV/AIDS and other Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Safer Sex
  • Sexting

These topics will be dealt with in terms of choices, options and responsibilities. The lessons will be delivered in a sensitive manner in the context of the family, and a loving caring relationship.

All students in Year 9 participate in these classes unless a written request from a parent/guardian asking for their child is to be withdrawn from the lessons.

Learning Outside The Classroom

In addition to the taught programmes the Curriculum Area offers a variety of activities and opportunities for the students.

Duke of Edinburgh - every year we will arrange for a speaker from the DofE service to come in to Somercotes Academy and talk to every student in Year 9. This takes place during a Citizenship lesson in their class to allow for a less formal presentation were the students will feel comfortable asking questions.

Taster Days and Career Fairs - working closely with Grimsby Institute for Further and Higher Education we arrange for any student interested to obtain a place on a taster day. These days give our students the opportunity to 'have a go' at a course they may be interested in for post-16 options. We also work hard to promote careers fairs available locally and to arrange for employers to visit the Academy.

Education through Theatre and Outside Speakers - when possible we take the opportunity to invite these providers into Somercotes Academy. Recent examples, within the MAT, of these have been for the Samaritans, Homelessness, Road Safety (seatbelts), NELC Neat streets, Humberside Fire and Rescue, Aim Higher and SmartRisk charity. The feedback we receive from students is always positive.

Where Does This Take Me In The Future?

  • The study of PSHE and Citizenship provides students with the knowledge, ability and confidence to leave the establishment as rounded young citizens of the local and wider community.
  • All topics covered within Citizenship provide a good progression route to more advanced qualifications, e.g. A Levels offered at Tollbar MAT Sixth Form, courses at FE colleges and higher education courses.

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Somercotes Academy Principal

Frances Green