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PSHE & Citizenship

Aims and philosophy

The aim of the PSHE and Citizenship programme at CVMS is to enable and encourage our students to acquire the skills, understanding and key knowledge they need to thrive as individuals in all aspects of their life and to become active and responsible citizens who contribute to our society. As well as this, our programme underpins the Catholic ethos of the School and is a catalyst for the School’s principle role of teaching our students to grow and flourish as responsible Catholics in our society. 

PSHE and Citizenship is embedded across the curriculum in all subjects studied at CVMS and is also an integral part of a wide range of activities which are carried out on a day-to-day basis.

Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 (First to Fourth Forms)

In addition to the embedded curriculum, specific PSHE and Citizenship lessons are taught in themes across the three terms of the School’s academic year for our First to Fourth Form students. For one day per term, our students are taken off their usual timetable to attend sessions on carefully selected topics which are delivered by a combination of external agencies and our own teaching staff.

The topics we aim to cover are as follows:

Michaelmas Term

Health and Wellbeing

●  Transition from Primary to Secondary and Managing Change
●  Mental Health – Individuality
●  Mental Health – Exam/Work Pressure
●  Being Healthy – Diet, sleep, personal hygiene and fitness
●  Travelling Safely – Getting around London safely
●  General Road Safety
●  Street Crime – Strategies to avoid street crime in London
●  Nicotine and Tobacco – Key facts and effects on health
●  Alcohol – Key facts and effects on health and social impacts
●  Illegal and Legal Substances – Key facts and effects on health and social impacts
●  E-Safety – New technologies and potential risks
●  First Aid Training – Basic first aid skills

Lent

Law and Politics

●  UK Democracy
●  Justice System
●  UK Liberties
●  Crime and the Law
●  Human Rights
●  International Law
●  International Governance
●  E-Safety Laws

Vocation and Enterprise

●  Careers
●  Academic Options
●  Study Skills
●  Work Experience
●  Enterprise 

Trinity Term

Equality and Discrimination

●  Nationalities at CVMS and the wider community
●  Diversity
●  Bullying

Finance and Economics

●  Uses of Money – Personal spending
●  Budgeting – Avoiding debt
●  Financial Products and Services
●  Moral and Social Effects of Spending Choices
●  Gambling – Risks and social impacts
●  Public Spending

Key Stage 5

When our pupils reach the Fifth Form and Sixth Form, they attend a variety of talks and workshops across the year delivered by external agencies in preparation for the wider world. Some of the sessions that they will attend include:

●  Nicotine and Tobacco – Key facts and effects on health
●  Alcohol – Key facts and effects on health and social impacts
●  Illegal and Legal Substances – Key facts and effects on health and social impacts
●  Crime and the Law
●  E-Safety
●  Study Skills – Key strategies for high achievement and managing exam pressures
●  Personal Finance – Budgeting and money management for life after CVMS
●  Careers
●  UCAS and Higher Education

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