We aim to provide students with the understanding needed to be successful members of the global community. To be successful in adulthood, students will have to become confident in being self-governing and independent. The nature of the topics taught will expose students to life skills needed to be safe, proactive and inquisitive about the wider world around them.
Year 7 Curriculum
Students explore a range of topics that help them further understand Citizenship at a local, national and global level. These include exploring the British political system, how voting works in the UK, local and regional governments, democracy and how citizens can impact upon this. Students are also taught how laws are made, examining some key laws which impact upon our lives, the difference between civil and criminal law and examining how citizens can try to impact upon these laws. Students also examine climate change and the differing global levels of development and considering what role we all have to play in this as global citizens. Students learn what it means to be a citizen of Britain such as examining the British culture, the diversity of British society and how this has and is changing over time. Finally, students also study what human rights are, how these were decided, examples of where they are threatened and what we can do to ensure they are upheld.
Year 8 Curriculum
Students study a range of topics relating to crime, this includes reasons behind criminal behaviour, the role of the Police and the role communities play in preventing crime. This leads to students learning about the role of the media in society and the role it plays with holding those in power to account. Finally, students learn about Money, how to look after it, implications of borrowing and consumer rights.
Year 9 Curriculum
In year 9 students study Citizenship to better understand their own lives, and the choices that they are making. They will be encouraged to consider subjects such as discrimination and prejudice and the effects on society. There is further exploration of British Values relating to radicalisation and Extremism. Students also learn about migration, human rights and how can we create a fairer society?
Year 10 and YHear 11 Curriculum
At KS4 Citizenship lessons are embedded within the PSHE curriculum and continue to study Citizenship to further understand the world around them. Students have the opportunity to develop their understand through a variety of forms including;
- External providers, such as Warning Zone, NHS, Leicestershire Police
- Our careers provision, which includes a dedicated series of lessons on writing applications, personal statements and CVs, as well as 1:1 meetings about future careers and college applications
- Wide range of educational visits and opportunities, including visits to local theatres, art galleries, local attractions such as Bradgate Park
- Citizenship in action – students work together to contribute to the local community such as foodbanks, fundraising and raising awareness of local issues
- Representatives on the school council, who lead assemblies and co-ordinate events in school, such as the application for Eco-School status
- Co-curriculum activities - from football to dance, to book clubs and Art Club, students have the opportunity to broaden their skills in working together with others
- Students have the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh award, developing their skills at working together and volunteering in the local community
- Dedicated tutor time sessions allow students to reflect on their learning from whole group assemblies and explore issues such as human rights, equality and mental health
Through the tutor programme students are given the opportunity to practise active citizenship, becoming part of the school council, participating in our Environmental group and participating in Pledge activities.