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PDC - Citizenship & PSHE

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Miss N Bawla - Head of PDC
Ms C Hart
Mrs Y Iqbal

Department Overview

PDC is compulsory at both Key Stages 3 and 4 and composes of two discrete subjects: Citizenship and PSHE.


"Citizenship is more than a subject. If taught well and tailored to local needs, its skills and values will enhance democratic life for all of us, both rights and responsibilities, beginning in school and radiating out." 
Sir Bernard Crick, National Curriculum Citizenship, 1999

Personal, Social and Health education (PSHE)

PSHE aims to help young people to embrace change, feel positive about who they are and enjoy healthy, safe, responsible and fulfilled lives. Through active learning opportunities students recognise and manage risk, take increasing responsibility for themselves, their choices and behaviours and make positive contributions to their families, schools and communities.

Year 7

  • Cooperative learning
  • Emotional wellbeing 
  • Online safety
  • Growing up 
  • Money matters 

Year 8

  • Drugs education 
  • FGM
  • Relationships and sex education 

Year 9

  • Drugs education 
  • Relationships and sex education 

Year 10

  • Drugs education 
  • Relationships and sex education

Relationship and Sex Education (SRE) removal

The UK government requires SRE to be taught in all maintained secondary schools however parents/carers have the right to withdraw their child from some, or all, SRE lessons, but not statutory science lessons.  If you do wish to remove your child from all or part of SRE this year please inform Miss Bawla either by phoning the office on 020 3967 7030 or directly by email at:

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Curriculum Content

Citizenship Curriculum

Key Stage 3

Topics covered:

  • Human rights
  • Challenging homophobia
  • Power, politics and us
  • Refugees and asylum seekers
  • What does the media tell us?
  • Think global, act local

Key Stage 4

Barking Abbey offers the GCSE Short Course in Citizenship Studies to all students.
The course covers the following five themes:

  • Theme A: Living together in the UK
  • Theme B: Democracy at work in the UK
  • Theme C: Law and Justice
  • Theme D: Power and influence
  • Theme E: Taking Citizenship action


The assessment for the course is split into two exams that are worth 50% each;

  • Paper 1: Themes A-C
  • Paper 2: Themes D & E