Everything Else (GCSE Citizenship)

Welcome to the “Everything Else” life skills, Duke of Edinburgh Scheme and GCSE Citizenship Department


“Everything Else” is the name that has been given to the schools bespoke life skills programme. The rationale behind this programme was for us to teach all those topics that everybody thought school should teach about life after school. The curriculum has been composed by speaking to other teachers, parents and students. Topics covered include First Aid, Politics, Healthy Eating, Globalism, Careers and Identity. We also engage in analysing current affairs. There are many news stories that worry or intrigue our students. We use our “Everything Else” time to discuss those subjects within the safe confines of a classroom so that students can understand and engage with the modern world.

We have also led many whole school projects and learning experiences for our students. For example, our discussions about the refugee crisis within “EE” lessons led to us participating in the “Salford to Calais” initiative (providing practical support for refugees in the “Jungle” at Calais). This then led to us sending students and teachers to work for a week in the Dunkirk Refugee School in Northern France. In “EE” we like to not only discuss the modern world but to actively engage in helping others. These concepts reflect what Stretford High School is ultimately about.

Students in Year 9 have the option to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme in order to gain their Bronze Award. In order to complete this course students have to learn a skill, take part in a physical activity, volunteer in the local community and, finally, complete a 2 day expedition under canvas.

“EE” has also incorporated the curriculum for the GCSE in Citizenship. This is studied in Years 10 and 11. The GCSE in Citizenship involves students learning how to be informed and active citizens. The GCSE is exam based and students will study the following topics:

  1. Life in Modern Britain.
  2. Rights and Responsibilities.
  3. Politics and participation.
  4. Students will also engage in an Active Citizenship project.

Meet the “Everything Else” Department
The department team consists of seventeen members of staff. These are:

Mr C HirstHead of Everything Else Department
Ms P LathamAssistant Head of EE/Teacher of Dance
Mr M RichardsonHead of Year 11/Teacher of PE
Mrs G RobinsonTeacher of PE
Mrs C Saundersteacher of Science
Ms R StansfieldTeacher of English
Ms K GarrickHead of Geography
Ms R MahmudTeacher of English
Ms P BaileyTeacher of PE
Mr C WebbTeacher of MFL
Ms L Holzman FosterTeacher of English
Ms A VoseTeacher of Humanities
Ms L Pulido CasasTeacher of MFL
Mrs D TaylorTeaching Assistant

The “Everything Else” Department aims:

  • All students will have an opportunity to discuss important current affairs of national and international significance in order to understand the nature and impact of those events.
  • All students will have the opportunity to add areas to the curriculum that they consider relevant to their lives.
  • All students will have the opportunity to discuss and explore life skills topics within a safe and supportive classroom environment.
  • Most students will be able to gain a GCSE qualification in Citizenship, a First Aid Certificate and a Duke of Edinburgh Scheme Bronze Award.
  • Some students will be able to take advantage of our many small trips and other educational experiences that we offer throughout the school year.

EE team with the UK Heartsafe Education Award for 2018 (awarded to Stretford High School for outstanding First Aid Education).