'Pupils conduct themselves very well in lessons and around the school. They are confident, polite and courteous to one another
and to staff.'Ofsted 2018

“Citizenship is more than a subject. Its skills and values will enhance democratic life for all of us, both rights and responsibilities, beginning in school and radiating out.”

Personal Development Education at St. Aidan’s encompasses Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE), Citizenship, IAG (Information, Advice and Guidance) and Careers.

P.D.E. gives students opportunities to reflect on their experiences and how they are developing. It helps them to understand and manage responsibly a wider range of relationships as they mature, and show respect for the diversity of, and differences between people. It also develops students’ well-being and self-esteem, encouraging belief in their ability to succeed and enabling them to take responsibility for their learning and future choice of courses and career.

The subject is delivered on a fortnightly basis by the students form tutors, helping to foster good relationships between staff and students. The curriculum is varied taking into account the wide range of subject content that must be delivered which includes relationships, personal finance and alcohol and drugs education.

Throughout the year there are a number of events organised and collapsed time-table days where we invite partner agencies to come into school and address issues. For example, Show Racism the Red Card (anti-bullying), Barclays Bank (personal finance), EDF energy (enterprise) to name but a few. There are also opportunities for students to visit the world of work to understand career choices and the importance of qualifications. For example, St. Aidan’s has visited Nissan to look at the world of engineering.

This is a very dynamic subject and is evolving and adapting all of the time to the changing demands of the curriculum and needs of the students.

This documents shows our coverage of PSHE and Citizenship at Key Stage 3 and 4:

PSHE and Citizenship

For more information contact the Head of Department: Mrs K Kilminster.