Curriculum

Citizenship

Education for citizenship equips young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in public life. Citizenship encourages them to take an interest in topical and controversial issues and to engage in discussion and debate. Pupils learn about their rights, responsibilities, duties and freedoms and about laws, justice and democracy. They learn to take part in decision-making and different forms of action. They play an active role in the life of their school, neighbourhood, community and wider society as active and global citizens.

Citizenship encourages respect for different national, religious and ethnic identities. It equips pupils to engage critically with and explore diverse ideas, beliefs, cultures and identities and the values we share as citizens in the UK. Pupils begin to understand how society has changed and is changing in the UK, Europe and the wider world.

Citizenship addresses issues relating to social justice, human rights, community cohesion and global interdependence, and encourages pupils to challenge injustice, inequalities and discrimination. It helps young people to develop their critical skills, consider a wide range of political, social, ethical and moral problems, and explore opinions and ideas other than their own. They evaluate information, make informed judgements and reflect on the consequences of their actions now and in the future. They learn to argue a case on behalf of others as well as themselves and speak out on issues of concern.

Citizenship equips pupils with the knowledge and skills needed for effective and democratic participation. It helps pupils to become informed, critical, active citizens who have the confidence and conviction to work collaboratively, take action and try to make a difference in their communities and the wider world.

Citizenship and PSHEE in KS3 and KS4
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pils have one lesson of Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education or Citizenship each week. The two subjects are taken alternately on a termly basis. The course aims to teach pupils about a range of issues which may affect their health as well as to explore ideas about how they relate to others and to the world around them.

Outside speakers such as the Police Schools Involvement Unit are also welcomed in to speak to classes.

Personal Identity, Rights And Responsibilities, Relationships, Democracy And Justice, Healthy Lifestyles and Diversity.

GCSE Citizenship

There are three themes:

1. Rights and Responsibilities

2. Identity

3. Democracy and Justice

This is an exciting, fresh and relevant course for pupils. The specifications are continuously updated in order to keep the course relevant and in line with current affairs.

Its not just a GCSE - it's a chance to change the world!

Pupils have the opportunity to learn about what it means to be a citizen, to develop their understanding of their rights and responsibilities and involve themselves in active citizenship by becoming involved in campaigning.