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Citizenship

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Key Stage 3

In Years 7 and 8, Citizenship is taught within the Humanities subjects namely within History, Geography and Religious Education.

Citizenship is integrated with historical content and is emphasised in lessons. In Key Stage 3 students learn about the gradual development of parliamentary democracy and the different forms and systems of government. In Key Stage 4 the students learn about political ideologies.

Citizenship is taught through Geography as the students learn about different ways of life and different cultures. Additionally, Geography applies to a variety of scenarios such as natural disasters, ecosystems and climate change. Geography is a holistic subject which encourages moral behaviour and social responsibility for the world in which we live. In Key Stages 3 and 4, the students learn about the role of charities and how non-governmental organisations (NGOs) respond to humanitarian crises.

Through Religious Education, Citizenship is taught to Key Stage 3 students which helps them to gain an appreciation of the importance of religious tolerance and diversity by examining the literature of different faiths. The students also study a unit about religion and the media. In Key Stage 4, the students learn about religion, human rights and social justice and religion, crime and punishment.

 
The study of Citizenship at Key Stage 4

During Key Stage 4, the students study two themes: Life in Modern Britain and Rights and Responsibilities. The first theme, Life in Modern Britain, studies the make-up and the dynamics of contemporary society, what it means to be British, in addition to the role of the media and the United Kingdom’s position on the world stage. The second theme, Rights and Responsibilities, considers the nature of laws and the rights and responsibilities within the UK. This theme has a global aspect as it focusses on the nature of international laws, treaties and agreements by which the UK abides.
 
Year 9

Citizenship Key Strands Issues studied
Principles and values in British society The key principles and values underpinning British society today
Identity The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Island and how it is comprised of England, Northern Island, Scotland and Wales
The changes and movement of population over time
The need for mutual respect and understanding in a diverse society
The values that underpin democratic society
The media and the free press The rights, responsibilities and the role of the media and a free press
The operation of press regulation
The UK’s role in key international organisations The role of the UK within: the United Nations, NATO, the European Union (EU), the Council of Europe, the Commonwealth and the World Trade Organisation (WTO)
How the UK has assisted in resolving international disputes and conflicts
How non-governmental organisations (NGOs) respond to humanitarian crises
Making a difference in society The opportunities and barriers to citizen participation in democracy
The range of actions a citizen can take in order to hold those in power to account
The role of organisations in providing a voice and support for different groups in society
How citizens work together to change communities
How those who wish to bring about change use the media

 
Year 10 and 11

Citizenship Key Strands Issues studied
Laws in contemporary society The fundamental principles of law to ensure rights and freedoms
The presumption of innocence and equality before the law
The nature of rules and laws in helping society to deal with complex problems
Rights and responsibilities within the legal system A citizen’s rights and responsibilities within the legal system
The operation of the justice system
The rights and legal entitlements of citizens at different ages, including the age of criminal responsibility
How civil law differs from criminal law
How the legal systems differ within the UK
How laws protect the citizen and deal with criminals How the law has developed over time
How the law protects citizens and deals with criminals
The right to representation
The nature of criminality in the UK today
How the youth justice system operates
Universal human rights The importance of international agreements and treaties
The UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights
The European Convention on Human Rights
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
The Human Rights Act (1998)
The role of international law in conflict situations
Bringing about change in the legal system The role of the citizen within the legal system
The roles played by different groups
Different forms of democratic and citizenship actions

 

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