Our PSHCE/Childcare Staff

  • 1 full-time Head of Department.
  • 1 full-time teacher.
  • 1 part-time teacher.
  • 1 part-time IAG Advisor (Careers).

The Curriculum

Key Stage 3:

PSHCE is taught in Year 7, 8 & 9 at 1 hour per week in tutor/teaching groups.

Key Stage 4:

PSHCE in Year 10 includes Citizenship Placement. Work Related Learning Options at Level 2 include:
– EDEXCEL BTEC FIRST Health and Social Care Level 1/2 2015-2017
– OCR Cambridge National Level 1/2 in HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE 2016 onwards

Key Stage 5:

At AS/A Level students can study AQA Sociology.
BTEC First Diploma Level 2 in Childcare, Learning and Development – CCLD.
BTEC Level 3 – Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care.

Subject Information

KS3/4 in the PSHCE Department we aim to share learning with our students to help prepare them for their future and Life in Modern Britain – LIMB. We hope to equip students with the skills to make decisions, appreciate and respect others and act responsibly; as individuals, members of relationships and families, in jobs, further education and as part of the Community. So making our courses very much part of our Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education – SMSC

We also contribute to SMSC/LIMB through the Department’s involvement in the Tutor Programme and through visitors, theatre performances and workshops in lesson time. We also provide ‘off timetable days’ and trips out such as the ‘Celebration of Culture’ days for years 7/8/9 and cross-curriculum days for example Red Nose Day, Children in Need, HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. While we appreciate that much SMSC/LIMB is found in PSHCE; all subjects and practices contribute also and this is documented in our mapping activity. We have also taken the principal British values of democracy, rule of law, tolerance and respect and extended into what we believe are central values and expectations for a student at Sutton Community Academy.

Life in modern Britain



The topics we cover at KS3 reflect the overlapping ‘core themes’ of

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Relationships
  • Living in the wider world

In class we cover Healthy Eating/Diet, Smoking, Drugs and Alcohol awareness, Sex, Family and Relationships, Differences between People, Careers and Work, Democracy and Voting, Law and Courts, Health and Hygiene, Road Safety, Finances, Prejudice, Discrimination and Prevent work, Heart Start and Self Esteem and Resilience.


At KS4 PSHCE students take part in Citizenship Placement; spending one morning a week for 5/6 weeks sharing experiences with the young/disabled and contributing to the Community. This is a vital part of our responsibility and is a very important learning experience.

Also in Year 10 students get the opportunity to plan and create letters of application and CV’s and are prepared and take part in Mock Interviews and then go out on 2 weeks Work Experience. In Year 11 provision is through an ‘off timetable’ day and students also have the opportunity to visit Beth Shalom – as part of our Holocaust Memorial work. We are well supported in our work by visiting speakers and drama workshops including SEXions, Police, Domestic Violence Forum and RAID [Raising Awareness in Disability].


KEY STAGE 4 – BTEC First Level 2 Health and Social Care [2015 – 2017 only] is on offer for students currently in year 11. Topics include Communication, Human Lifespan Development, Health and Social Care Values, Nutrition and Diet. Students are given the opportunity to work within the local Community in Nurseries, Schools and Care Homes where they can further develop the skills and knowledge they had gained from the classroom.

KEY STAGE 4 – OCR CAMBRIDGE NATIONAL LEVEL 1/2 IN HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE this is a vocationally related qualification that takes an engaging, practical and inspiring approach to learning and assessment. Units covered include ‘essential values of care’, ‘communication and working with individuals’ and two other optional units. ‘Essential values of care’ is assessed externally via an exam and the other three units are coursework based, with practical elements such as role plays, First Aid, cooking and creative play in an early years setting and are assessed internally.

KS5 AS/A Level Sociology looks at human behaviour in a range of situations in society and try to understand it from a range of viewpoints. We especially look beneath the obvious – things are not what they seem. Sociology is about asking questions about the Family and Education/Methods in Year 12 and about the Media and Crime and Deviance in Year 13, assessment is via exams at the end of the year.

BTEC National Extended Certificate Level 3 in Health and Social Care students will be studying a range of Units which will help them gain skills that will be valuable in a chosen profession or future study. Students will learn about the human body and how it changes over time. They will learn what it means to work in the Health and Social Care sector and what skills and behaviours will be needed there.

Over the two year course students will learn about the Principals of Safe Practice and the importance of respecting the individual differences and needs of the service users. Students will learn new terminology and investigate a range of settings and apply this knowledge to work and assessments. There are four units and assessment will be through tasks, assignments and exams. Each unit will have learning aims and guidance on what students will be expected to know and do in order to achieve a Distinction, Merit or Pass.

UNIT 1 – Human Life Span Development
UNIT 2 – Working in Health and Social Care
UNIT 3 – Meeting individual care and support needs

BTEC FIRST DIPLOMA LEVEL 2 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development – [CCLD] this practical course is studied over ONE YEAR and includes 300 COMPULSORY HOURS WHICH MUST BE COMPLETED IN PLACEMENTS – such as schools and nurseries. The Childcare teacher will help find suitable placements. Students must have a DBS in order to be able to go into placements. This is a check to ensure they are suitable to work with children and is the law. Students will need to provide an ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE AS WELL AS PHOTO ID. We will support students with the DBS process.

The Childcare staff will closely monitor ATTENDANCE IN PLACEMENT AND LESSONS and will visit all placements regularly.

Units covered in this course include:

  • UNIT ONE: Understanding children’s development – this involves discussing the principals of growth and development of children from birth to 16 years. Students will learn how to observe children’s development and understand how to plan to support the needs of children.
  • UNIT TWO: Keeping Children safe – in this unit students learn how to prepare and maintain a safe and secure environment including trips. Students will learn how to support the protection of children from abuse, how to deal with illness, accidents and emergencies
  • UNIT THREE: Interpersonal Communication – this unit is about the many wasy and importance of communicating with children and adults. Students will learn about the key features of effective interpersonal communication and how to interact and communicate with children and adults.
  • UNIT FOUR: Preparing and Maintaining Environments for Childcare – this unit is about how to create a stimulating and safe physical environment which builds children’s confidence and resilience. Students will learn how important routines are and to integrate play
  • UNIT FIVE: Professional Development, Roles and Responsibilities – this unit will help students understand that there is a world of difference between babysitting for a few hours and working in a day care setting!! They will learn about how to be professional and have an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a childcare worker.
  • UNIT SIX: Supporting Children’s Play – this unit covers how important play is for all children from birth to 16 years; both indoors and outdoors. Students will learn how to support physical, imaginative and creative play which encourages children to explore and investigate

IAG/Careers – Our Information, Advice and Guidance/Careers Officer works two days a week and works with Year’s 8-13 in a range of activities/roles including careers interviews, CV writing and Application Forms.

Teaching and Learning

At Key Stage 3, 4 & 5, students are given the opportunity to work independently and within groups to allow them to explore and understand the world around them and their role within it.  PSHCE provides a platform for students to develop their empathy skills and to widen their awareness of people around them via drama and role play, debate and discussions.  The off-site learning gives our students great preparation for future life, decision making and responsibility.

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