Good Progress for All


“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama

Citizenship is about equipping students with the skills needed to participate in a democracy, to help them be a part of the conversations concerning issues that affect them. At New College Leicester we recognise and build on their unlimited potential as valued members of society.

By concentrating on the political side of Citizenship Education, students see how the subject has an impact on their everyday life.

Active citizenship is driven through our student parliament who work hard to represent the voices of students and take part in many social action projects.

Key Stage 3

In Years 7, 8, and 9 Citizenship is taught within Humanities and the Personal Development Curriculum. The National Curriculum requirements for citizenship can be found here: Citizenship programmes of study

Students engage with active participation and engage with key concepts important to citizenship education:


Key Stage 4

Citizenship at Key Stage 4

During Key Stage 4, students’ study two themes within the PD carousel: Rights and Responsibilities and Political Participation. Students consider the process and systems of lawmaking and examine the nature of political power in the UK. Students follow units within the AQA GCSE specification: CGSE Citizenship Studies

Voice. Is. Power

We believe that ‘student participation creates engagement and motivation for learning and has an inherent value beyond benefitting measurable outcomes, where democratic values, engagement and learning for the future are promoted.’ (Bergmark, 2018).

Student Voice is at the heart of all we do at New College Leicester and students sit on several committees, as ambassadors and scholars, finding ways to create meaningful and real changes to their life at school, wider community and real-world issues.

The Student Parliament Leadership team is comprised of an active team of year 11 students who empower other students to be effective in their roles. Students can participate in any of the committees and work hard to ensure student representation and voice is authentic, meaningful and listened to at NCL.

NCL Parliament Current Committees

  • Tutor Ambassadors
  • Social Action Ambassadors
  • Education Ambassadors
  • Communication Ambassadors
  • Environmental Ambassadors
  • Anti-Bullying Ambassadors
  • Arts Ambassadors
  • Sports Leadership Academy

    Follow the Student Parliament @NCLSVoice to see our latest work


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    Thank you,

    Mrs S Shortland – Head of Citizenship

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