Key Stage 4 PSHE, Citizenship and Careers
Students consolidate and develop key topics from key stage 3 and also have Core RE lessons delivered as part of the programme of study.
Greater emphasis is placed on careers education to prepare students for the education pathways available to them after their GCSE’s and to enable them to make successful transition from education into the work place.
- Applications for Work experience
- Pathways in education, apprenticeships and careers
- The application process including CVs, forms, interview techniques
- Labour Market Information
- Online reputation
- Learning about the law – youth crime, the UK justice system, drugs, knife crime and the internet.
- Economic education – consumer rights, financial risk and protection, payslips and pensions.
Relationships, Sex and Health Education
- Relationships - recognising healthy and unhealthy behaviours, what influences our ideas, arranged and forced marriage, parenting and cancer and screening)
- Sexual Health: Contraception, STI’s (including HIV and AIDS) and where to get information and help
(See further details in the RSE and Health Education policy)
Understanding how we make ethical decisions and debating ethical issues:
- Animal Ethics - how we use animals, vivisection, eating meat, religious teachings and improving reasoning and persuasion.
- Human Ethics - when does life begin, the arguments for and against abortion, euthanasia and religious teachings about these issues.
- Application preparation to Post 16 providers (application forms, interview techniques etc)
- Record of achievement documents (to include CV, Personal Statement, Career Action Plan)
- Higher education and Apprenticeships
- Understanding mental health illnesses.
- Economic education – student finance, different types of employment and next steps such as apprenticeship or employment.
- The impact of drug use.
- The influence of the media and pornography on young people, including influences on self-esteem, relationships and body image.
- RSE – applying understanding of sexual consent and consolidations of contraception and STI’s (see RSE and Health education policy for further details of content).
- Mock Interview Evening: All students take part in a ‘Mock interview’ with an employer volunteer.
- Post 16 workshops: All students attend workshops about the key education pathways of Sixth Form, College and Apprenticeships.
- Work Experience week: All students take part in a week’s placement at a local work place. This happens at the end of September – beginning of October.
- Record of Achievement portfolio: Students compile a ROA portfolio in preparation for their Post 16 interviews in the spring term.
- Careers Interviews: Students have access to an independent Careers advisor to provide 1-2-1 support for students who need additional guidance with their education pathways and applications.
- As stated in the KS3 section, Careers Library is open at lunchtimes, Monday – Thursday. Students can drop in for advice about further and higher education, help in writing CVs and Personal Statements, use careers websites for research and inspiration.
- Careers talks – the ‘Be Inspired’ programme.