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The PSHCE curriculum across Years 9, 10 and 11 is designed to inform students about social and political issues that students will encounter as they move towards adulthood. A key aim of the curriculum is to encourage students to engage with the various organisations, both public and private, that have an impact on our daily living. For example, students learn about the services that local government provide and how to contact the local council if they wish to use, improve or complain about a particular service. As part of being an active citizen, students are encouraged to become involved in voluntary organisations, with the aim of having a voice in their community. Where possible we utilise the opportunities of national elections to replicate the electoral process, with students standing as candidates in whole school elections. The enthusiasm of students can been seen in voter turnout among the students body.

The personal, social and health element of the curriculum covers personal safety, drug education, relationships and sex education with the focus on developing healthy relationships. We utilise the expertise of health professionals to ensure the information students are receiving is relevant and up-to-date. The NHS School Nurse team provide additional support to Gosforth Academy teaching staff delivering the sex and relationship education for Years 9, 10 and 11 and contribute to the assembly programme.  Additional information regarding Gosforth Academy’s statutory obligation for the delivery of PSHCE and the statutory rights of parents in relation to this, can be found in the Sex and Relationship Education policy available from the school website.
PSHCE lessons are an integral part of the school’s careers programme. For example, we invite employers into school who put our students through a real-life interview experience.  These activities provide our students with links to the real world, enabling them to make informed choices when it comes to planning their future.

At post-16 all of our Year 12 students have a weekly lesson of Citizenship. At Gosforth Academy we believe it is important for student to continue to develop their social and political awareness. These lessons are designed by our own teaching staff with the aim of enabling students to be able to evaluate critically what we are told on TV, in the press and on social media. The outcome for students is that they understand the big issues facing our country and our world today, are able to challenge others’ opinions confidently, and form they own opinions based on evidence. This will hopefully allow our students to play a full part in our democracy by truly understanding what we are voting or campaigning for. In addition to the formal teaching, there are opportunities for students to engage in the weekly debating society, which over the years has been very successful when it comes to debating current affairs with schools across the country in national debating competitions.