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Citizenship and Personal Development

In educating students in Citizenship and Personal Development, the curriculum that we use follows both statutory guidelines and the Key Stage National Curriculum.  

Whilst studying units relating to Personal Development, we seek to provide students with the knowledge and understanding to make informed choices with regard to relationships, drugs and alcohol, healthy eating and money matters.  

The study of Citizenship seeks to educate students on how the communities and society they live and participate in functions, the rights that they have, and to equip them with the knowledge and skills to bring about positive change in these societies. 

The benefits of studying Citizenship and Personal Development 

Through studying the subject, students are equipped with the knowledge and understanding to make positive choices in their life, which enable to live healthier lifestyles, and participate in healthier relationships. It also enables students to have awareness of the key features of governance, law and order and justice in our society, meaning they are more aware of their rights, and how they can participate in a democratic society. 

Why study GCSE Citizenship? 

The study of Citizenship at GCSE at Limehurst follows the Edexcel (9-1) specification. This specification encourages students to understand the UK in its current form, as a multicultural and secular society, that seeks to protect the rights of its people, and seeks to be a key player on the international stage. It examines the role that citizens and the media can play in influencing this society, and highlights areas where people’s influence may be limited, or where others may have too strong an influence. GCSE Citizenship also encourages students to identify highlight potential issues in our local and national society that need action, and to ask why these issues exist and how they can be improved, this is especially the case in Theme E where students are asked to plan and carry out an action to bring about some form of change. 

Through studying the subject students should develop the skills of evaluation and critical analysis, which are key skills not only in further and higher education, but also in the work place, where they are sought after. 


The study of Citizenship can support careers in areas such as law, policing, local and national government, journalism, finance, the charity sector and education 

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