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iLearn, Citizenship & Health and Social Care


ilearn is an exciting department that gives support to students’ development and this begins with the transition from Primary School to Secondary.

Through Citizenship lessons students are taught a curriculum that includes careers, sexual and drugs education, politics, law and community responsibility. Lessons allow students to develop their individual learning styles through creative thinking and the exploration of alternative views and ideologies.  It explains, and reinforces, the values education that is promoted within the ethos of the school. These areas of learning are revisited and developed throughout their five years at Fairfield.

At Key Stage 3 students look at the following areas of study: diversity, economic wellbeing, drugs, rights and responsibilities, sex and relationships and social citizenship.

The department heavily focuses on developing students’ understanding and appreciation of the wider world and through the use of flipped learning we enable students to become independent learners and confident citizens.

An exciting additional element to our curriculum is through our collapsed timetable days that take place throughout the year. External agencies are used to lead workshops and drama performances on a range of topics that include; bullying, being a responsible citizen, culture and mutual respect, safe internet use and sex education. Students thoroughly enjoy this area of the curriculum.

In years 10 and 11 the emphasis moves to the development of skills for independent living including emotional financial and intellectual security. Time is spent planning and visiting the next steps in student’s lives.

Citizenship is a core subject and taught as a full GCSE at Key Stage 4. It has been one of the highest achieving subjects in the school for a significant number of years. Over 70% of students achieved a grade 4+ in 2019.

Students’ explore various aspects of the world at a local, national and international level.  Topics include:

•             Political awareness including voting and living in a democratic society.

•             The Government including structures and devolved power.  

•             Cultural Identities.

•             The Law including crime and punishment and court systems.

•             The Media including the impact on society.

•             Rights and responsibilities of a citizen.

•             Britain and international relations.

•             Globalisation.

•             The Economy.

•             Raising awareness and fundraising for a charity or pressure group or challenging those in

               power on a single issue of choice.

The above topics impact our children every day and in many ways, whether it is now or once they leave school. Citizenship aims to educate our children in the vital skills and knowledge that will lead them successfully in to their future as adults.


GCSE Health and Social Care is a popular option at Key Stage 4 and does exceptionally well year on year. Results are outstanding and have been for number of years.

The current course has moved to OCR Cambridge National level 1/2 and remains one of the more popular option subjects for students considering a career in the Health and Social care sector.

Assessment criteria: 3 x internally assessed coursework worth 25% each and one externally assessed examination worth 25%.


We have recently introduced a brand new course to the option curriculum in order to support and compliment the demand for GCSE Health and Social Care. The OCR Cambridge National Child Development levels 1/2 is an award suited to students’ who are considering a career in midwifery, paediatrics, early year’s education or social work sectors.

The course entails studying three distinct units; one is externally examined and is worth 50% and two coursework units that are internally assessed worth 25% each.

Elements of study are to include:

Component R018: Health and well-being for child Development.

Component R019: Understanding the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years.

Component R020: Understanding the development of a child from birth to five years.




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