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The Curriculum

PACE (Personal & Citizenship Education) is an exciting addition to the curriculum. Students in Year 7 and 8 receive two 60 minute lessons per fortnight. This is the same in Year 9 but with PACE being combined with Religious Studies and then once a fortnight in Year 10 and 11. PACE combines PSHE issues and current affair topics. Students will cover a number themes throughout the programme. 

Year 7

  1. We are Whitcliffe: Teaching students to understand their roles and responsibilities in the school.  It is intended to help them understand the ethos of the school so that they can participate fully in school life.
  2. Study Skills: An introduction to various revision techniques and the different ways in which we study. 
  3. Growth Mindset: Students will look into how they can change their mindset. Lessons will cover topics such as grit, resilience and perseverance, encouraging students to challenge their way of thinking. 
  4. Children in Need: Students are actively involved in planning, organising and running a fundraising afternoon to help raise money for this national charity. Students also study the types of projects that the money raised helps to fund.
  5. Anti-bullying: Students look into why people bully, how it feels to be bullied and what they should do if it ever happens to them. It is also an opportunity for students to look at the schools anti-bullying policy and for students to make any new suggestions.
  6. British Values and Prevent: As an introduction to British Values, students will look at what each value means and how these can be related to the values we have in school. Students will also complete a short scheme of work on the 'Prevent' initiative by taking a look at how young people can be protected from radicalisation. 
  7. Internet Safety: Students generally know about keeping themselves safe in the real world, but it is important that they think about how to keep themselves safe in the virtual world. E-Safety is not just about computers. It's about being safe with all things electronic.
  8. Early Careers Advice: As an early introduction to careers advice, Year 7 will look at the variety of careers that exist and begin to understand what is meant by 'employability'. Students will also discover the different personality types and which careers these personalities may be best suited to. 
  1. Sex and Relationships Education: This block of work looks at managing feelings in relation to friendships, families, and how to deal with separation and loss, followed by brief introduction to sex education. 
  1. Heart Start: Students will be taught how to deal with potentially life-threatening situations including the following: the conscious casualty, the unconscious casualty, serious bleeding, choking, suspected heart attack, and cardiac arrest.


Year 8

  • British Values: Students will begin their second year of PACE by revisiting the British Values and looking at how each of the values link to the 'We Are Whitcliffe' skills. 
  • Study Skills: Students will begin to look at critical thinking, research and presentation skills, teamwork skills and the importance of target setting. 
  • Prevent: As part of the 'Prevent' initiative, students will look at propaganda and the ways in which it is used. 
  • Growth Mindset: Year 8 students will begin to build on their knowledge of Growth Mindset and will look at how to learn from their mistakes and how they can improve on their learning by using grit, determination and perseverance. 
  1. Young Leader Award: The Young Leader Award is a great introduction into leadership giving students knowledge of how to organise and lead small games and activities. The Young Leader Award aims to help learners develop leadership skills such as organisation, communication and teamwork, as well as helping to build confidence and self-esteem as they take on responsibility of leading their peers and younger children - all of which are fantastic life skills.
  1. Healthy Lifestyles: Students will look at what factors contributes to leading a healthy lifestyle. In addition, they will also have the opportunity to explore and discuss various lifestyle choices. Topics covered include: diet, exercise, eating disorders, mental health, smoking, alcohol and drugs.
  2. Early Careers Advice: Following on from the work covered in Year 7, students will look at the range of careers available in different organisations. As part of this, students will look at job stereotypes and how these are being challenged. Students will also begin to understand the importance of a CV and begin to build their own CVs for use in the future. 
  1. Crime: Topics covered will include knife crime, gang culture and prisons. Students will also look into the various laws surrounding these important areas. 
  1. Sex Education: Students will taught about puberty, contraception and sexually transmitted infections (STI’s).
  1. British Values: Teaching students about the British Values of democracy and justice, individual liberty, the rule of law (and understanding the consequences of our actions), and having mutual respect and tolerance for all.


Year 9

  • British Values: Continuing to build on their knowledge of  the five British Values, Year 9 students will look at what a value is and reflect on some of their own personal values. 
  • Study Skills: A look at goal setting and learning styles, memory techniques and stress and time management. 
  • Prevent: Students will look at what is meant by the terms: 'extremism', 'terrorism' and 'radicalisation' before moving on to look at some of the factors which contribute to extremist ideologies. 
  • Growth Mindset: Students will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the difference between a 'fixed' and 'growth' mindset before looking at what it takes to be successful. 
  • Crime and Punishment: This unit of work will look at what crime is, the causes of crime and the different forms of punishment, prisons and capital punishment before moving on to look at religious views and forgiveness. 
  • Early Careers Advice: During this unit of work students will look at what their personal skills, qualities and individual strengths and weaknesses are in preparation for exploring and choosing subjects they enjoy, ready for their option choices later on in the academic year. 
  • Managing Finance: Students will look at different methods of payment and the advantages and disadvantages of both cash and cheques as payment methods. This unit of work will also look at the differences between credit and debit cards and the advantages and disadvantages of both. The unit of work will also look at alternative methods of payment before concluding with a presentation delivered by Yorkshire Building Society, informing students of the basics of budgeting. 
  • Grooming and Sexual Exploitation: Students will be made aware of the different forms of sexual exploitation as well as being taught how to recognise the signs of grooming. This unit of work will also look at the legislation surrounding consent and will encourage students to be able to determine what are healthy and unhealthy behaviours and life choices. 
  • FGM: Students will be given an awareness of what FGM (female genital mutilation) is and the legislation that is concerned. This scheme of work will also try to dispel some of the myths surrounding FGM. 
  • The National Sugar Debate: A look at healthy eating, the dangers of too much sugar and how students can make healthier choices. 


Year 10

  • British Values/Prevent: Students will begin their Year 10 PACE lessons by looking at how the British Values are represented in the news before moving on to look at what makes a charismatic speaker and how certain individuals can influence others. 
  • Study Skills: A guide on how to create a revision timetable and how to plan and prepare for GCSE exams. 
  • Growth Mindset: In Year 10, students will expand their understanding of a fixed and growth mindset by looking at the benefits of adopting a growth mindset. 
  • 'How to say no' Peer Pressure: Students will look at what peer pressure is and what the effects of this can be, and also how to manage peer influence. This knowledge will then be applied when looking at the risks of drug use and underage drinking before finally looking at issues surrounding sex and consent. Students will also revisit their knowledge of CPR and what actions to take in an emergency. 
  • Power, Politics and the Media: During this unit of work students will look at how laws are passed including the steps that a Bill goes through and how and why MPs examine laws before they are passed. The differences between voting systems will also be looked at, with students assessing the strengths and weaknesses for each one. There will also be a particular focus on what is a democracy. 
  • Healthy Lifestyles: Mental Health, Self-Harm and Exam Pressure: This unit of work will help students to understand what mental health is and the importance of maintaining a positive well-being. An understanding of self-harm and its effects will also be offered before moving on to look at coping strategies for exam stress and pressure. 
  • Human Rights: Students will look at and begin to understand the articles of human rights, including what are the 30 basic human rights and what is the Human Rights Act (1998) and also the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948). This unit of work will also briefly look at the legislation surrounding the laws of human rights. 
  • Managing Finances: Following on from the work completed in Year 9, students will continue to look at budgeting in more detail. Students will also be given the opportunity to look at and understand bank statements, utility bills and pay slips. 

Year 11

  • British Values: In their final year of PACE, Year 11 will fully understand what each of the five British Values are and how these can be seen in the wider society. 
  • Prevent/Gun and Knife Crime: Building on previous knowledge of 'Prevent', students will look at the dangers of extremism and how it can be prevented. This scheme of work will also focus on gun and knife crime; the dangers involved and what the legislation is surrounding these crimes. 
  • Post 16 Options/UCAS Progression: Students will gain knowledge of what options are available to them after leaving secondary school. UCAS applications will also be launched with support provided to each student, every step of the way. 
  • Exam Preparation: In the lead up to their final exams, students will look at different revision techniques and begin to build their own revision timetable. 
  • Life After School: For their final topic in PACE, Year 11 will be gaining an understanding of what life is like after Whitcliffe Mount. Students will look at  a range of issues, including: what to expect from job interviews, the different housing options available to them when they move out and how to manage their finances effectively.  

PACE is a subject that will prepare students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences that later life brings. In addition to this, PACE allows students to further develop their literacy skills, particularly speaking and listening skills, and also allows them to be able to articulate their own opinions when debating various issues. 

As quite sensitive topics are covered in PACE, students are directed to advice websites at the start of each lesson and a 'take home message' is offered at the end. 

Click here to see our KS3/4 Curriculum Plan.

Click here to see PACE Explained - Year 7 Information Evening