The curriculum we have in place, and the rich experiences we offer, allows opportunities for students to develop their skills in order to be prepared for life in Modern Britain.
PSHCE Offer (CLIC Days), SMSC Development and our Promotion of British Values:
Through our whole curriculum we intend to develop positive citizens who are ready to make a positive contribution to the world and community in which we live. We feel this goes beyond only British Values, and is supported by the Academy ethos of creating autonomous learners equipped for the challenges of 21st Century living.
Students are provided with personal, social, health and citizenship education through five non-timetable days per year, CLIC Days. CLIC – standing for Creativity, Life Skills, Independence and Collaboration – is taught in year groups, with a thematic approach; CLIC covers all of our statutory responsibilities, and more, in relation to PSHCE.
Colleagues plan in teams to deliver high impact lessons complimented by outside speakers and providers and out-of-the classroom learning experiences where possible.
The world our students are growing up in is very different to that of the previous generation; the pace of change is rapid and we are flexible with our approach in CLIC Days in order to enable the programme offered to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of students growing up in Modern Britain.
Below are links to the overviews of each of the CLIC Days that the students are offered; the documents highlight the overview of each individual day for all year groups.
The overviews highlight the full CLIC curriculum, below are selected examples of how CLIC Days contribute towards the development of fundamental values for our students, growing up in Modern Britain:
- Year 9 – Democracy: students will explore the voting system we use in the UK and the alternatives, whilst students will have a mock ‘General Election’ and analyse what each of the parties stand for.
The rule of law
- Year 9 – Law and Order: students explore how the laws in the UK contrast with other countries, whilst exploring the moral implications of crime and what is a fair punishment.
- Year 10 – Identity: students explore the different aspects that make up our identity and who we are, in regard of: gender, sexuality, race, stereotypes, equal opportunities and prejudice. All students undertake a UK Citizenship test, and discuss what being a citizen in modern Britain entails.
- Year 7 – Stereotypes: students, working with Teesside University explore stereotypes within society and the workplace in order to appreciate not to ‘judge a book by its cover.’
- Year 8 – Media Morality: students explore celebrity culture and the fascination with Photoshop. Students develop their awareness of what impact this has on self-esteem and self worth, and have a debate in response to a series of thought provoking questions.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
- Year 9 – Diversity: students explore cultural diversity, social diversity and equality and apply this knowledge through a presentation of performance.
- Year 8 – Cultural Day: students are exposed to a vast array of outside practitioners from a range of cultures, such as: Henna Body Art, new and exotic cuisines from different countries, Capoeira and students take a full and active role in exploring new cultural experiences.
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