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Key stage learning outcomes

Personal and Social Education

Key stage learning outcomes

Key Stage 2

Learners should be given opportunities to:

  • appreciate the natural world as a source of inspiration
  • take an active interest in varied aspects of life in school and the wider environment
  • develop a positive attitude on issues of poverty and fairness

and to understand:

  • how the environment can be affected by the decisions we make individually and collectively
  • that local actions have global effects because of connections between places and people
  • how poverty and inequality can cause problems.

Key Stage 3

Learners should be given opportunities to:

  • develop a sense of personal responsibility towards local and global issues, e.g. protecting biodiversity
  • appreciate that people’s actions and perspectives are influenced by their values

and to understand:

  • the key issues of sustainable development and global citizenship, e.g. climate change, and the need to reflect on personal decisions about lifestyle choices
  • global issues which threaten the planet, e.g. inequalities of wealth and differences in health provision
  • how conflict can arise from different views about global issues and be aware of the role of pressure groups.

Key Stage 4

Learners should be given opportunities to:

  • recognise the rights of future generations to meet their basic needs
  • take personal responsibility for changing their own lifestyle as a response to local and global issues

and to understand:

  • the interdependence of global economic systems and the effects of human development on natural systems
  • the tensions between economic growth, sustainable development and basic human needs, e.g. the causes of inequality within and between societies.

Post-16

Learners should be given opportunities to:

  • actively demonstrate personal responsibility as a global citizen
  • appreciate why equity and justice are necessary in a sustainable community

and to understand:

  • the challenges and impacts of globalisation and global interdependence for communities in different parts of the world
  • the need for international cooperation and appreciate the role played by non-governmental organisations.

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The PSE framework provides the foundation for a broad, balanced holistic approach to PSE.