The study programmes for students in 6th form change each year. The course booklet details the choices available;
KEY STAGE 5
By the end of this key stage many young people will leave home for the first time and live as independent adults, possibly in new and distant locations. Throughout this programme of study for key stages 1 to 5, there is a balance between preparing children and young people to manage their lives now and laying the foundation learning that will be gradually developed through the programme, as we prepare them for their future. As pupils move through the key stages this balance gradually shifts, as they gain increasing independence and begin to personally experience the topics or issues, they have been taught throughout a developmental PSHE education programme. For example, the average age of first experience of sexual intercourse in the UK is currently 16 so it is likely that many key stage 5 pupils will be sexually active.2
To expect young people to recall information accurately, draw on skills and strategies and apply learning they may have received a number of years earlier (when perhaps it felt less relevant) at ‘critical moments’ in their immediate lives, is unreasonable. It is therefore essential to continue to provide a comprehensive and relevant programme of PSHE education in key stage 5. It is important to revisit and reinforce earlier learning through learning that ‘connects’ it to contexts that are relevant to this age group. For example, recognising and rehearsing the language, skills and strategies for managing ‘bullying behaviour’ could be explored through abuse in the workplace or within their personal relationships; ‘the use of alcohol’ within the context of their personal safety, road safety or passenger safety; ‘online safety’ as part of protecting their online presence, personal reputation or avoiding identify theft and ‘personal safety’ through socialising in new locations.
Increasingly, future employers are asking potential employees not only to describe their key skills and attributes but also to evidence where they have demonstrated competence in applying them, for example describing when they have taken on a variety of roles within a team or led a team to a successful outcome. Work within PSHE education can provide opportunities to evidence these skills and attributes. This key stage represents our last opportunity to ensure that young people have real competence in the skills, language and strategies, and extend the knowledge and understanding they have been developing throughout their PSHE education, ready for independent living and the next stage in their education or career.
CORE THEME 1: HEALTH AND WELLBEING
- how to manage transition to increasingly independent living
- how to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing
- how to assess and manage risks to their own and others’ health and safety
- how to identify and access help, advice and support including in new settings and situations
- how to make informed choices about health and wellbeing matters including drugs, alcohol and tobacco; maintaining a balanced diet; physical activity; mental and emotional health and wellbeing; and sexual health
- how to respond in an emergency including administering first aid
- the influence of the media on lifestyle
CORE THEME 2: RELATIONSHIPS
- how to develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships within a range of social/cultural/educational and employment contexts and to develop parenting skills
- how to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships
- how to manage risky or unhealthy/negative relationships, including all forms of harassment and abuse (including online)
- the concept of consent in a variety of contexts
- respecting equality and being a productive member of a diverse community
- how to identify and access appropriate advice and support in new locations or communities
CORE THEME 3: LIVING IN THE WIDER WORLD (ECONOMIC WELLBEING, CAREERS AND THE WORLD OF WORK)
- rights and responsibilities as members of diverse communities, as active citizens and participants in the local and national economy
- how to make informed choices and be enterprising and ambitious in life, education and work
how to develop employability, team working and leadership skills and develop flexibility and resilience
the economic and business environment
how personal financial choices can affect oneself and others, student finance, budgeting on a salary and about rights and responsibilities as consumers
how to live safely in an ‘online’ and ‘connected’ world
- If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
As parents, carers, prospective or current students, exactly what is taught and therefore learnt at Canons in every subject and at every Key Stage, is a crucial question. In this Curriculum Map section of our website, you will find the answers to this question. The aim of this area is to provide a set of Curriculum Maps outlining what your child (or you as a student) will learn in each subject; when particular units are taught and what the assessments will be. The purpose of these is to make transparent exactly what is being taught when across the academic year and to provide you with an overview of what topics will be taught in each subject.
Teachers have spent a lot of time putting these together and particular thought has gone into the statements of intention which set out what is at the heart of each subject and what it is fundamentally about. As parents or carers, this would be a great starting place for conversations with your child about what subjects they are learning at school and as current or prospective students, these statements will be important for you to reflect on what you learn, subjects you particularly enjoy and choices you may want to make in future.