CPHSE Lead: Russell Maddison

Citizenship Personal Health Social & Economic Education (CPHSE) is taught in all year groups at Morpeth. It is taught in a discrete lesson once every two weeks and is complemented through extra curricular and cross curricular learning opportunities.

The subject helps students develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to help them manage the opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face as they grow up and enter adulthood.

Students learn how to participate positively in society and to stay safe and healthy and to build self-esteem, resilience and empathy. In turn this can raise their achievement in education and improve their life chances.

CPSHE comprises 4 key strands that students follow in each year they are at Morpeth:


Students are taught:

  • About rights and responsibilities as members of diverse communities, as active citizens and participants in the local and national economy.
  • How to make informed choices and be enterprising and ambitious.
  • How to develop employability, team working and leadership skills and develop flexibility and resilience.
  • About the electoral system, political parties, other political groups and pressure groups and how to participate in them.
  • About justice, the legal system and international organisations

Social and emotional health and wellbeing

Students are taught:

  • How to manage transition.
  • How to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing.
  • Awareness of legal and illegal drugs including alcohol, tobacco and new psychoactive substances.
  • How to assess and manage risks to health and to stay, and keep others, safe.
  • How to identify and access help, advice and support.

Relationships and sex education

Students are taught:

  • How to develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships within a range of social/cultural contexts and to develop parenting skills.
  • How to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships
  • How to deal with risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying (including the distinct challenges posed by online bullying) and abuse, sexual and other violence and online encounters.
  • About the concept of consent in a variety of contexts (including in sexual relationships).
  • About managing loss including bereavement, separation and divorce.
  • To respect equality and be a productive member of a diverse community.
  • How to identify and access appropriate advice and support.

Careers and financial education

Students are taught:

  • About the opportunities they have for the future and to learn from a variety of outside providers.
  • The skills and attributes needed for success in the world of further education and work.
  • How to put into practice the skills they have learnt.
  • Personal financial skills so they have a good understanding for the future.
  • How personal financial choices can affect oneself and others and about rights and responsibilities as consumers.
  • About the economic and business environment and how they work at a local, national and international level.

GCSE Citizenship

What will I study?

Have you ever wondered who really exercises power in the UK and the world? Can ordinary people really influence the government or effect change in the world?

Citizenship teaches students how government and democracy works in the UK as well as globally. It asks key question about right and responsibilities of citizens and governments; justice; the environment; the economy at local and global levels. Students who study Citizenship will participate in an active citizenship campaign seeking to affect change in an area of their choosing. They will develop understanding and skills in order to participate in responsible actions to address citizenship issues aimed at improving society and positively contributing to democracy and public life, as individuals and in collaboration with others.

If you choose to study Citizenship you’ll be tackling some of the most important questions which are essential to our understanding of the world today. The study of Citizenship will help you develop not just answers to these questions but also your general powers of analysis and evaluation –Citizenship GCSE is fundamental to studying Politics at A-Level and beyond.

How will I be assessed?

100% of your GCSE is assessed by two exams, taken at the end of the year.

Paper 1 covers the Living together in the UK: Democracy at work in the UK; Law and justice.

Paper 2 asks questions relating  to the students’ own citizenship action campaigns; Taking citizenship action and Commenting on others’ actions in relation to Power and influence.

Both exams are 1 hour and 45 minutes in length and worth 80 marks.

Important things to note if you choose this course:

  • There will be educational visits to Westminster where you will take part in workshops on democracy and voting
  • Visit the gallery in Parliament and watch live debates take in the Houses of Commons
  • Homework and assessment support classes run after school throughout the year.
  • You will be given lots of practice with exam skills.
  • You’ll have a full revision guide covering all aspects of the topic.