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PSE, Citizenship and Careers

PSE, Citizenship and Careers

Staff, Teaching & Learning

  • Mrs S CheshireMrs S Cheshire
    Horizons Leader (Careers Leader)
  • Ms K WrightMs K Wright
    PSHE & Citizenship Subject Leader
  • Mrs J GrindleyMrs J Grindley
    Careers Subject Leader
  • Form TutorsForm Tutors

The majority of PSE is taught by Form Tutors in one allocated lesson per week. Within this time, pupils also have Citizenship and Careers lessons. Throughout their time in school, pupils will also participate in various projects linked to these areas, which should enhance their knowledge and understanding of key issues and topics. For example, Yr 11 pupils participate in mock interviews with visitors from the world of work and practise real-life interview techniques.

Year 7

'WELCOME TO YOUR NEW SCHOOL': Review of school rules, getting to know the staff, teaching and non-teaching, getting to know your class, interviews, friendship building, helping others.

BULLYING: Bullying behaviour, reasons for bullying and how to cope with bullies.

CITIZENSHIP ISSUES: School Council/Rules - Government and Voting, Rules and Responsibilities.

PERSONAL QUALITIES AND SKILLS: Listening Skills, personal relationships with new pupils and staff. Decision-making processes, Reading, writing and oral work. Confidence building. Problem solving.


Year 8

IMPORTANCE OF FRIENDSHIP: Qualities of a friend and the importance of developing friendships. Understanding problems in relationships and how to solve them. 'Tips' for friendship.

GROWING UP - PUBERTY AND ADOLESCENCE: Physical, social and emotional changes associated with growing up. Coping with change

VANDALISM GRAFFITI: Impact and effects of these on society: dangers, costs, consequences, social responsibility.

CAREERS EDUCATION: Development of personal skills

CITIZENSHIP: Continuing involvement in Citizenship Education which includes the Holocaust, Crime and Laws and United Nations.

PERSONAL QUALITIES AND SKILLS: Listening skills, communication with various groups, developing personal relationships, respect for others, coping and decision-making skills, problem solving, reading, writing, oral and drama skills.


Year 9

The Personal and Social Education course in year 9 concentrates on the importance of social skills and interaction with others with particular reference to the World of Work and Careers, as this is the time when pupils will make their Option Choices. Pupils will have the opportunity to explore the nature of decision-making, alcohol education and relationships with adults and peers.

PERSONAL QUALITIES AND SKILLS: Listening skills, personal relationships with new pupils and staff, decision-making processes, reading, writing and oral work, confidence building, problem solving. Pupils also participate in activities from the Citizenship Programme of Study, such as Law and Order, Holocaust Education and the EU. At the end of Key Stage 3 pupils will receive a separate Citizenship Assessment.


Careers Education

Pupils have followed a 12 week careers education module in which they have developed their personal skills of research, finding out about their own skills and talents and how this can relate to finding a career. They have learnt the importance of equal opportunities, interview techniques and what help is available to them in the future. They have had the opportunity to learn from those who have a varied work experience in real life


Year 10

The Personal and Social Education course in Year 10 includes an examination and exploration of knowledge, attitudes, values and behaviour concerned with Prejudice and Discrimination, Personal Skills, Bullying, Drugs Education and a continuing involvements in Careers Education. The development of personal qualities, values and skills through problem-solving and decision-making exercises and communication with various groups are all important elements of the course. Pupils also participates in activities from the Citizenship Programme of Study


Year 11

The Personal and Social Education course in Year 11 includes an examination and exploration of knowledge, attitudes, values and behaviour concerned with Prejudice and Discrimination, Drugs Education, AIDS, Stress Management and Homelessness. There is also a continuing involvement in Careers Education which enables pupils to develop their career management skills in preparation for post-16 life.




Useful Websites: Careers

Career Companion:

Independent and Impartial Careers Information.


Take the Buzz Quiz and watch video clips of people talking about their jobs.


Careers films/videos showing real people in real jobs.

Moving On:

Discover careers and qualifications information.



Useful Websites – LMI (Labour Market Information)

LMI for All:

LMI information.

Warwick University:

LMI Future Trends.


Careers of the Future resource.

Bridge GM:

Information on LMI in Greater Manchester.



Useful Websites – STEM



Tomorrow’s Engineers:

Tech Future



Useful Websites – Higher Education


UCAS is useful for researching degree courses and entry requirements at universities.

Which? University:

Researching degree courses and useful for advice.


Take the Morrisby Study Interests Questionnaire to help assess which degree courses may be suitable.


Take the Spartan Test to research higher education and career suggestions.


Independent guide to UK universities, student life, gap years, open days, student finance and all things student related.

What Uni?:

Search for UK university courses and university and college course reviews.

Uni Compare:

Information on applying to university in the UK.

Open University:

Explore alternative study options including degrees through distance learning.

The Complete University Guide:

Includes information on UK university rankings as well as information on studying abroad.

Fulbright Commission:

Information on studying in the USA.

Study Options:

Information on studying in Australia or New Zealand.


Information on studying in Europe.

Open Days:

Open day directory.


Explore what people study and what they go on to do afterwards.


Useful for comparing UK higher education degrees including information on student satisfaction, student destinations and how the course is taught.


Useful graduate careers website which includes information on career options linked to university degree choice and links on to what graduates do.

Russell Group Universities:

Informed Choices Guide to making post-16 decisions (Please note that choices of A levels will vary between different departments at universities so always check with the Admissions Tutor at the universities of interest).

Student Finance England:

Apply online for student finance.

Student Calculator (from Brightside):

Work out how much money you will have and how much you will need at university.



Useful Websites – Apprenticeships

National Apprenticeship Service:

Apprenticeships is useful for researching vocational career pathways and searching and applying for vacancies.

Find an apprenticeship:

Search and apply for apprenticeships in England.

Amazing Apprenticeships:

Useful resources from films/webinars to application advice.

The Apprenticeship Guide:

Apprenticeship information.

Get My First Job:

Search and apply for apprenticeships.

All About School Leavers:

Apprenticeship and work information.

Future Talent:

Apprenticeship and work information.

Not Going to Uni:

Explore apprenticeships and other possible alternatives including Gap Year options.

Student Ladder:

Information on school leaver programmes, work placements and application advice.

Rate My Apprenticeship:

Explore options, search for opportunities and read apprenticeship reviews.

UCAS Career Finder:

Sign up for job alerts and search for Post-18 work and training opportunities



Useful Websites – Employment

Success at School:

Includes useful information about work experience, employability skills and vocational skills.

Find a job:

Search and apply for full-time and part-time jobs in Great Britain.

Agency Central:

Useful for finding a recruitment agency in the local area and those specialising in specific sectors.



Useful Websites – Gap Year

The Year in Industry:

Gap Year:

Online and printed directory of Gap Year organisations and opportunities.

Year Out Group:

Explore volunteering, culture, languages, expeditions, courses and work placements at home and abroad.


Includes useful advice on taking a gap year and the benefits of volunteering abroad.



Useful Websites – Volunteering

Do It:


National Citizen Service:

National Careers Service Job Profiles:

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. Parents / Carers and students can access online careers information, advice, guidance and much more on this site.

The National Careers Service has job profiles on almost 800 different types of jobs. Each one details the skills and qualifications required, what the job involves, the average salary and what the career prospects are like by referring to labour market information (LMI).

Administrative and clerical:

Alternative therapies:

Animals, plants and land:

Arts, crafts and design:

Catering services:


Education and training:

Environmental sciences:

Financial services:

General and personal services:

Information technology/ information management:

Legal services:

Maintenance, service and repair:

Management and planning:

Manufacturing and engineering:

Marketing, selling and advertising:

Medical technology:

Medicine and nursing:

Performing arts, broadcast and media:

Publishing and journalism:

Retail sales and customer service:

Science and research:

Security and uniformed services:

Social services:

Sport, leisure and tourism:

Storage, dispatching and delivery:



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