CAPE (Citizenship and Achieving Personal Excellence)

Pupils at Appleton take part in CAPE (Citizenship and Achieving Personal Excellence) lessons and develop a wide range of skills through the study of a number of topic areas.

In Citizenship lessons we investigate democracy, rights & responsibilities and identities and diversity whilst also considering sustainability. Tasks are constructed to develop critical thinking skills; to consider advocacy & representation and students are given opportunities to take informed and responsible action.

There are two pathways in our Achieving Personal Excellence lessons; Economic Wellbeing & Personal Wellbeing.

In "Economic Wellbeing" students are given opportunities to investigate careers, capability and risk whilst beginning to develop economic understanding. The skills of self development, exploration, enterprise & financial capability are nurtured during their study of these elements.

In "Personal Wellbeing" students examine personal Identities, healthy lifestyles, assess risk, scrutinise relationships & consider diversity. They develop the skills of critical reflection, decision making and risk management, whilst also understanding how to develop relationships & to work with others.

In CAPE you will learn about you and the role that you play in the world. It is about your rights and responsibilities, your actions and decisions and the impact that you can have right here and now. You will be encouraged to express your point of view on a variety of issues. You will also be questioned on your own opinion and encouraged to use your own voice.

We cover a variety of topics from basic human rights, the legal age to drink, changes in careers prospects to what it means to be British. We ask questions concerning whether the declaration of human rights still applies in Britain today, we debate whether there should be tougher sentences for crimes, we consider some of the darker parts of human history including the Holocaust and ask how do we stop it ever happening again.

Through Citizenship we encourage respect for different national, religious and ethnic identities. Study equips students to engage critically with and explore diverse ideas, beliefs, cultures and identities and the values we share as citizens in the United Kingdom. Students will consider how society has developed into its current state today and will consider how the UK, Europe and beyond might change in the future.

We give students the skills through CAPE to become informed, confident and active citizens. Through the study of social justice, community cohesion, human rights and global interdependence pupils learn to challenge injustice, inequalities and discrimination. As young people they develop their critical skills, consider a variety of problems including political, social, ethical, moral and personal. Students evaluate information, make informed judgements and reflect on the consequences of their actions and the actions of others. Achieving Personal Excellence equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary for effective and democratic participation. It helps students to become informed, critical, active citizens who have the confidence and conviction to work collaboratively, take action and try to make a positive difference to their communities and the wider world.

CAPE is taught to all year groups by subject teams. For example, the Careers team will teach the Careers module to each year group throughout the year.

The CAPE team use resources from a number of recognised institutions, including PSHE Association and Unifrog. Sample resources from the PSHE Association for each key stage can be found by logging into Edulink One and viewing under Noticeboard:

If you have any queries regarding our Curriculum or if you would like to request further examples, please contact us with details of the topic and year group.


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