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Citizenship Studies and PSHE at Bedale High School

Every student (Years 7-11) at Bedale High School has a bespoke one-hour PSHE lesson every week; in addition to this, every student will begin a three-year course in GCSE Citizenship Studies (9-1) in Year 9. The PSHE programme and the GCSE Citizenship Studies combine to provide our students with the knowledge, skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. This area of the curriculum helps students to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life. The 5-year course for PSHE covers everything from politics and religion to relationships and sex education, and encourages pupils to examine their own views and feelings and to consider those of others.

Curriculum overview

PSHE (years 7-11) – click here for the 5-year programme for PSHE*.

GCSE Citizenship Studies (Years 9-11) – click here for the link to the GCSE specification

* The RE component is currently under review as we will be following the new Agreed Syllabus from September 2019.


  • In both PSHE and Citizenship Studies, detailed, formative assessment of class work takes place every fortnight, where students have the opportunity to respond to feedback and improve and correct work using their green pen (‘DIRT’).
  • In Citizenship Studies, summative assessments take place throughout the year and are used to inform the holistic AP-grades. There is no summative assessment in PSHE, although progress is tracked via the use of strategies such as, “I can…” statements and pieces of scenario-based work.


Homework is set once a week in Citizenship Studies and is published on ‘Show My Homework, along with any useful web links, power points and video clips. Students are expected to spend approximately 30-60 minutes on homework each week. The day of the week that homework is set is detailed in the Home-Learning Timetable on the website.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

There are planned enrichment activities planned throughout the year, designed to support the delivery of the PSHE programme, and SMSC in general. For example, each year, a number of students participate in the ‘Restart a Heart Day’ during the Autumn Term; we have also had our local PCSO’s into every Y7-9 PSHE class to deliver sessions based around online safety. In addition to this, Year 11 Citizenship Studies plan and deliver a, ‘Taking Citizenship Action’ day which ties in with Theme E of their GCSE course.