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Year 7 Citizenship and Careers

PSD (Citizenship and Careers) Year 7 Curriculum Overview

What is the Year 7 RSHE curriculum aiming to achieve?

What do we want our Year 7 to be like?

How are we building on prior learning?

How can parents/carers support their child’s learning?

  • Informed
  • Empathetic
  • Critical thinkers
  • Inclusive
  • Self-aware


  • KS2 learning surrounding skills and jobs (non statutory)
  • KS2 learning surrounding opinions, rights and citizenship (non statutory)
  • Encourage your child to get involved in the community
  • Encourage participation in extracurricular activities
  • Discuss news and current events with your child and encourage them to be critical of information presented and aware of bias


How are we organising the Year 7 RSHE curriculum?


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Starting Secondary School

Desert Island project

Celebrating Differences


Critical Thinking

Threshold Concepts


Expectations, standards and coping with secondary school

Understanding of social structure, laws and contribution

Understanding that Britain in a multicultural society. That equality is an integral part of our society. Understanding how the law protects citizens by stating protected characteristics.

Understanding own key strengths, personal qualities and skills.

Understanding of propaganda and its purpose.






Critical thinking





Critical thinking

Critical thinking

Enrichment within

the curriculum

Citizenship allows students to learn about society, individuality and inclusivity. Students learn about the law in relation to protected characteristics and being an active citizen.


Cross curricular links


The PSD curriculum has links with other subjects such as

  • History (multicultural Britain)
  • IT (online safety)
  • English (understanding written communication)

Extra-curricular opportunities


Citizenship encourages empathy, discussion, research, critical thinking, respect and the understanding of others. It encourages an awareness of being part of a community and positive, active participation in that community.  

Careers Education allows exploration of personal skills and qualities in the context of looking ahead to post-education.


What are the intended outcomes of the Year 7 RSHE curriculum?


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Opportunities to show progress (Assessments)

Assessment is through self-reflection. Students gauge their knowledge and skills prior to the unit of work and again at the end. Discussion of the contents and outcomes of the unit allow students to feel confident in their knowledge and develop the skills to question and explore further.

Impact on personal development (SMSC)

Citizenship and careers education in Year 7 actively encourage examination of personal skills, qualities and ideas. Both expect self-awareness and the development of these areas through discussion, communication and listening.  


Preparation for the next stage of education

Citizenship and careers education demand more of students as they mature and become closer to the time they will have to make far reaching choices about their life journey. Each year builds upon the last to allow students to become self-aware citizens capable of making sensible education and career choices.