Head of Department: Mrs G Callanan
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, Citizenship continues to develop skills, knowledge and understanding that young people need in order to take an effective role in public life. They will study the rights, responsibilities, laws, justice and democracy.
In Key Stage 3, pupils begin to take a more critical approach by exploring their opinions, the ideas of others, evaluating information and making informed judgements about political, social, ethical and moral issues.
Citizenship will develop an interest and commitment in volunteering and other forms of activity which will be fostered with them into adulthood.
Students will also be taught about managing money and how to help plan for the future financial needs.
There are many opportunities for the students to extend their interest and skills within KS3 Citizenship by becoming involved with the INTERACT club, School Council and Active Student Group.
In Year 7 the students learn about the precious liberties enjoyed by the citizens of the UK.
Identity, prejudice and Britishness – a sequence of lessons about British values and the liberties we share and defend. Students explore their identity, values and prejudice within society.
Human Rights and the rights of the child are also explored using current affairs to support this module of learning.
Politics, Government and voting allow the students to develop a knowledge of how Government operates and the role of politics in our democratic society.
Enterprise and the community allow the students to be creative and entrepreneurial by developing an idea to support their local community. We tackle the social issues faced by young people and identify ways to support students during adolescence to make informed choices.
The students explore democracy and the precious liberties available to the citizens in the UK. Students also investigate the freedom of citizens in Europe and internationally.
In Year 9 students learn about the rules, laws and the justice system. They learn about the role of the police and the courts and we explore the pressures on young people through knife crime and gang culture.
The workings of the court system and the rights of citizens within the legal system are taught using current affairs.
The PSHE curriculum is part of the Citizenship programme to support the personal, social, health and economic well-being of our students.
PSHE is an important part of the citizenship curriculum and during KS3 we look at obesity and issues relating to health and well-being. Our anti-bullying lessons provide students with an opportunity to explore the different types of bullying and how to safeguard themselves through school and other support groups. The Media and the influence on young people enable students to explore the impact on modern society.
Key Stage 4
Citizenship is an option subject at GCSE. Students will study Citizenship for 3 periods a week during Key Stage 4. They build on all they have learned at Key Stage 3 through their study of:
Unit 1 – Rights and responsibilities, power politics and the media, and the global community
Unit 2 – Participation in action (controlled assessment)
Unit 3 – Social and cultural identities
Unit 4 – Citizenship campaign (controlled assessment)
Exams and Coursework
We follow the Edexcel Syllabus and the final GCSE grade is made up of 2 exams (20% each) and 2 pieces of coursework (30% each)
In Year 10 students explore the Rights and Responsibilities we all have, from a national and global perspective exploring the role of NATO, the UN and European Union. Students will also look at Politics today, comparing different voting systems and their effectiveness and the role of the media today.
Students will also explore other’s views and opinions as well as their own. Their skills in essay development and a critique of others views and opinions is skill that is practised through in class debates and structured essay sessions, to ensure that all are confident in their exam.
In this year students will also complete their first controlled assessment which is a school based assessment. Students will have the opportunity to plan, manage and produce an evaluation about an issue they have raised awareness of and as a result impacted on.
In Year 11 students explore Citizenship concepts such as stereotyping, diversity and community cohesion and through these develop skills such as tolerance, collaborative working and negotiation skills.
The students will also complete their final controlled assessment, in which students will plan, manage and execute a successful campaign. This is popular amongst students as they can work on an issue that they are passionate about. It allows them to development of their skills and opens their eyes to more, at the same time showing how they can take an active role in society and have a say at many different levels.
Through the study of Citizenship at Key Stage 4, you will develop confidence in:
Adopting an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of citizenship.
Exploring social issues while reflecting on fundamental questions.
The relationship between social beliefs and the wider world. ï·
Reflecting on the development of your own values and opinions in the light of learning
Citizenship also provides a firm foundation for any career that involves engaging an ability to think through issues and reach conclusions. It is also a good GCSE for you to have studied if you want to follow courses at A Level such as RE, Philosophy and Ethics, or by taking the Extended Project Qualification and independently studying an issue relating to ethics or morals.