Citizenship education develops knowledge, skills and understanding that pupils need to play a full part in society as active and responsible citizens. Pupils learn about politics, parliament and voting as well as human rights, justice, the law and the economy. The lessons are brought to life by using real issues and events in local to global contexts.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9)
In Key Stage three, pupils are taught to think about their place in the world and their role as a citizen; this includes consideration of their rights and responsibilities within the community and discussion of how everyone can make a difference. This also embraces PSHE topics including respect for others and our environment.
The pupils are taught about their political system, the workings of Parliament, the legal system and the United Nations, as well as other international bodies.
In Year 9 pupils have the opportunity to run a campaign aimed at raising awareness of an issue that they have chosen. This is a valuable learning experience and teaches the soft skills which employers are always looking for, such as teamwork and problem solving. Read more about the Year 9 projects
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 to 11)
Citizenship is not a GCSE subject, but it continues in Years 10 and 11 delivered through a series of guest visits and lectures which include careers insights, e-safety and the opportunity to take part in work experience.