PDC - Citizenship & PSHE


Miss Bawla - Head of PDC
Mrs Matthews
Miss Ahmed
Mr Madigan

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


Curriculum Intent

The Personal Development Curriculum at Barking Abbey exposes all students to the most important ideas, issues and legalities that will affect them during their lives. It provides pupils with knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society. It develops awareness and understanding of democracy, government and how laws are made and upheld. Citizenship also equips pupils with the skills and knowledge to explore political and social issues critically, weigh evidence, debate and make reasoned arguments. It prepares pupils to take their place in society as responsible citizens. PSHE enables pupils to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. It develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and member of society. It develops skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team working and critical thinking. Like Citizenship, PSHE enables them to keep healthy and safe and prepare for life and work in Modern Britain.





By the end of Key Stage 3 students should have an understanding of democracy, government and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. This knowledge and understanding should then be applied to a range of skills that are to be developed such as; researching and interrogating evidence, debating and evaluating viewpoints, presenting reasoned arguments and taking informed action.

Year 7:

British values

Human rights

Challenging homophobia

Power, politics and us

Year 7:

Cooperative learning

Emotional wellbeing

Online safety

Growing up

Money matters

Year 8:

Refugees and asylum seekers

What does the media tell us?

Think global, act local

Year 8:

Drugs education

  • Situations involving drugs and alcohol
  • Effects of drugs and alcohol
  • Getting help and advice


Sex and relationships education

  • Friendship V Relationship
  • Showing affection
  • Sexting
  • Questions about sex
  • Getting help and advice

By the end of Key Stage 4 students should have a deeper understanding of their learning at Key Stage 3 of democracy, government and rights and responsibilities of citizens. Students should use skills that have been attained or developed at KS3 to use a range of research strategies, weight up evidence, make persuasive arguments and substantiate conclusions. They should experience and evaluate different ways that citizens can act together to solve problems and contribute to society.

Year 9 GCSE:

Theme A: Living together in the UK

Theme C: Law and Justice

Year 9:

Drugs education

  • Exploring views about drugs
  • Contact with the law
  • Binge drinking
  • Risky behaviour

Sex and relationships education

  • Recognising and managing risk
  • Reasons to have sex or delay it
  • Protection
  • STIs
  • Aspirations

Year 10 GCSE:

Theme B: Democracy at work in the UK

Theme D: Power and influence – Part 1

Year 10:

Drugs education

  • Consequences of drug use
  • Choices and consequences
  • Influences on our behaviour
  • Sexual consequences
  • Impact on society

Sex and relationships education

  • What is sex and why do people have it?
  • Consent
  • Safe(r) sex
  • Accessing sexual health services
  • Where do you learn about SRE

Year 11 GCSE:

Theme E: Taking Citizenship Action

Theme D: Power and influence – Part 2

Year 11:

Drugs education

  • Drugs on trial
  • Cannabis/CBD
  • Shisha/vaping

Sex and relationships education

  • Relationship abuse
  • Consent
  • Exploitation


Students sit a GCSE in Citizenship in Year 11;

Syllabus/Exam Board – Edexcel

100% examination:

  • Paper 1: Theme A, B and C – 80 marks, 1hr 45 mins, 50% of the GCSE
  • Paper 2: Theme D and E – 80 marks, 1hr 45 mins, 50% of the GCSE
  • Recommended GCSE textbook: Collins Citizenship Today - Edexcel GCSE Citizenship Student's Book
  • Recommended GCSE revision guide: Revise Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Citizenship Studies Revision Guide & Workbook


Curriculum Impact


Students would have acquired knowledge and understanding of how the UK is governed through its political system and how they can actively participate in its democratic system of government. They should understand the role of law and the justice system which supports it, in addition to understanding how these laws are made and enforced. Students should have developed an interest in participating in volunteering as well as other forms of responsible activity that they can transfer into adulthood. They can now think critically and debate political questions to enable them to manage their money on a day-to-day basis and plan for the future.



Students should be equipped with skills that they need to manage their lives now and in the future. They should be able to make choices on how to live a healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced life. Their transitions in life should be more effective and they should be able to reflect on their own values and attitudes as well as empathising and understanding conflicting values and opinions. Students should have a boost in confidence, resilience and self-esteem alongside managing their emotions and communicating constructively. As a result they will have the ability to work with others and maintain good relationships now and in the future.


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We invite you to take a look at the school’s RSHE policy and direct any questions or concerns to Miss Bawla (Head of PDC) at: BawlaN@barkingabbeyschool.co.uk

RSHE policy

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