Welcome to Civics

Civics + Character Culture is a new subject in the Kirk Hallam Academy curriculum this year. It encompasses a range of aspects from the Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education framework, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) statutory framework, Religious Education (RE) curriculum and Careers, Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG) framework.

The Civics + Character Education curriculum is an interesting, engaging and relevant programme of study to help support scholars at the Academy in the wider aspects of their learning and to equip them with skills and prepare them for their future. The Civics + Character Education curriculum is delivered through dedicated lessons, tutor periods, woven throughout the other subjects students study and enrichment activities.

Approximately two thirds of the Civics + Character curriculum follows the PSHE Association framework which is divided into three Core Themes:

Core Theme 1 – Health and Well Being

Core Theme 2 – Relationships

Core Theme 3 – Living in the Wider World

About one third of Civics + Character Education follows the Derbyshire Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (SACRE). The programme of study will help students to understand the role of religion in a person’s life, compare different faiths and recognise how personal beliefs and faith play an important part in political, environmental and social affairs.

A key element of the Civics + Character Education curriculum is Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) which from September 2020 the Government has made mandatory as part of statutory guidance. Parents and carers do have the right to withdraw students from RSE elements of the curriculum where alternative provision will be provided for those students on other aspects of Personal Development. If you would like to find out more or discuss any concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact myself or the Senior Leadership Team with regards to the Relationships and Sex Education content. For further information regarding RSE in schools please refer to the government website.

The knowledge and skills scholars gain and develop through the Civics and Character Education curriculum will benefit them for the rest of their lives. It will widen their knowledge and understanding of different cultures around the world, be able to recognise and appreciate a range of viewpoints and help them to be an active citizen in British society.

Mr R Milner
School Leader


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