Welcome to Citizenship
All students in Years 7 to 9 have cover Citizenship/PSHE each week, Years 7, 8 & 9 in a dedicated lesson and the other years within the curriculum, at designated times of the year when the curriculum is "collapsed" and in tutor time. The content of the curriculum is varied, covering:
- Personal issues – rules, feelings and worries, rights and responsibilities, study skills.
- Health and safety – road safety, health and diet, smoking, drugs and substance abuse.
- Relationships – bullying, conflict, discrimination and human rights.
- Money Matters – pocket money, budgeting, consumer rights, taxation, world debt.
- Careers – destinations, qualifications, stereotypes, equal opportunities, options.
- World Affairs – Law and crime, government and democracy, animal rights, the media, environmental issues.
Students are taught in mixed ability groups in discrete citizenship classes. Some of these topics may also be delivered in other subject areas, in assemblies, by outside speakers or by off-timetable days.
In Years 10 and 11 some of the Citizenship curriculum is also covered through
- The Religion and Society GCSE short course in Religious Education,
- Work experience
- Other curriculum subjects
In the sixth form, Citizenship is covered by the General Studies syllabus. Students are also encouraged to show active participation by taking part in Entitlement courses either within school (e.g. paired reading or working in the early years centre) or outside school (e.g. sport in primary schools).
Our main aim is to instill an understanding of how the world functions, and the part that students can play as responsible, empowered citizens with well developed moral and spiritual values. Students are assessed on their knowledge and understanding of the above issues, on their skills of communicating, both orally and in writing, and on their research and enquiry skills.
Another important area is their ability and willingness to participate in the life of the school (for example in music, sport and drama) and in the wider community, and to reflect on this contribution.
A initiative Learn to Learn has been integrated into the Year 7/8 Citizenship programme to build on the work initiated in primary schools. This will focus on the teaching and learning of social, emotional and learning skills.