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Ms Helen Knowles  Curriculum Team Leader Humanities

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Citizenship Overview

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 as well as 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 schools, neighborhoods, communities 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 continues to change 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.

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KS3 Structure

At the start of the autumn term in year 7, students are taught in mixed ability tutor group classes. Towards the end of the first half-term students will take a formal assessment. The result will determine in which Set they will be placed for all the Humanities subjects. Students will be taught in their new Set from the October half-term onwards.
This continues in years 8 and 9.

Assessment is by formal tests and assessment tasks at the end of each unit.

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KS3 Content


Who do you think you are?
Rules, fairness, rights and responsibilities
Communities and identities
A history of Parliament
Parliamentary democracy


Liberty and Freedom
What does it mean to be British
Financial Capability


The law and justice system
Youth crime

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KS4 Structure

In KS4 students will have the opportunity to follow a GCSE short course in Religious Education which fulfils the requirements of the National Curriculum in Citizenship too.

Those students following the GCSE full-course in Religious Studies will complete a GCSE short course in Citizenship Studies. To complete this course students will complete a Citizenship activity (40% of the final marks) and an exam (60% of the final marks).

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KS4 Content

GCSE short course in Religious Education

1. Religion and Social Responsibility
2. The Environment
3. Peace and Conflict
4. Crime and Justice

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Additional Information

Equipment required:

A blue or black pen and a fully equipped pencil case with pencils, colouring pencils, ruler, glue and scissors will be essential.

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