Our PSHE and Citizenship Curriculum

Ms C Crump (PSHE and Citizenship Lead)
Email: [email protected]

Mrs Crump is our PSHE and Citizenship Lead and is passionate about creating opportunities for our young people to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage life’s challenges and make the most of life’s opportunities. You can find her in Room L15.

Why is PSHE and Citizenship so Important?
Our aim is to develop mature, confident and thoughtful citizens. We have a thorough programme of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) for all students as well as an exciting Citizenship programme of study.

Download the full PSHE Curriculum Roadmap below:

PSHE is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepared for life and work. 

Citizenship education gives pupils the knowledge and skills to understand, challenge and engage with democratic society including politics, the media, civil society, the economy and the law.

Personal, Social and Health Education, alongside Citizenship Education enables students to:

  • gain knowledge and understanding of how to manage their lives now and in the future
  • discuss and explore issues and challenges that they face on a day to day basis in a safe and secure environment
  • to successfully deal with life changes and challenges such as bullying and discrimination
  • make informed choices to help them stay healthy and safe in today’s society
  • develop self-confidence and a sense of agency
  • have a voice in the life of their schools, their communities and society at large

Here are the some of the strategies that we have at Ormiston Rivers Academy to develop our students’ invaluable life skills:

  • Social Action is at the heart of our school and sixth form because it makes us feel good knowing that we are doing something good for someone else. Due to this, we are part of the #iwill project which awards funding to start student led projects to help with local, national and global issues. We have a number of projects running throughout the school which students are invited to take part in, they are…
  • Get Up Stand Up for Social Action – an upper school, student led lunchtime club which focuses on issues in the world that need help and attention.  Students then plan projects to help raise funds and awareness. Projects have included sponsored walks for CAMFED, bake sales for Children in Need, production of Peter Pan for Great Ormond Street, afternoon tea for the local elderly
  • Pride Youth Network – a student led lunchtime club which focuses on promoting equality and mutual respect, celebrating diversity and difference. Projects have included staff training on LGBTQ+ themes, selling of rainbow ribbons for Stonewall charity, leading assemblies on anti-bullying, non-uniform day encouraging students to express themselves and be proud of who they are
  • We work with external agencies and act as a hub for programmes such as Duke of Edinburgh, Cadet Forces, Camps International and National Citizenship Service
  • We arrange for external visitors and speakers including Holocaust survivor talks, PRIDE Youth Network speakers, Essex Police, Rotary club, theatre companies, amongst others
  • Wellbeing and mental health workshops and learning sessions which include how to stay healthy, how to seek help and support, what to do if you are worried
  • Celebration and appreciation of British Values through student led projects e.g. students in PRIDE organising a show to celebrate diversity and difference, promoting equality and mutual respect.
  • Each week students have a guided mentoring sessions where students explore current and up to date Personal, Social, Health Education for all students covering three core elements: Living in the Wider World, Health and Wellbeing, Sex and Relationships
  • Future destinations through bespoke careers programme through on site careers advisor. Regular trips to UCAS events and apprenticeships workshops so all students are ready for their next steps to success


If you would like to find out more about any of the above then please get in touch with Mrs Crump [email protected]