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Citizenship

Respect, Aspiration, Determination, Independence.

Citizenship


Miss C Taylor - Curriculum Leader

Miss L Hoyles
Miss F Rockey
 
 

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SMSC Citizenship Department:
All Citizenship lessons take place within the Humanities Faculty and are taught by subject specialists. The classrooms provide inspiring environment where students work is colourfully displayed and an achievement is celebrated, this is especially true on the rewards board in the department. The department is equipped with a range of interactive citizenship activities, debate tasks and visual materials that enhance students learning experience.

We believe that through our teaching of Citizenship we can build an atmosphere of mutual respect where students are engaged in campaigning for rights in and outside of school. The Citizenship Department plays an integral part in the educational, spiritual and moral development of the students.

The Department aims to:
  • To develop and utilise quality resources in a safe, positive and modern learning environment.
  • Provide a broad, balanced and differentiated Citizenship curriculum to meet the needs of all pupils.
  • Make students aware of the applications of politics and human rights in a global context.
  • Offer guidance in relation to further education and career aspirations.
  • Prepare students thoroughly for external exams and coursework.

Key Stage 3:
All students follow the national curriculum for Citizenship studies.
Citizenship is taught 2 hours per fortnight at Key stage 3. Citizenship encourages students to debate and think critically about the world issues. The following topics are covered in years 7 and 8:
Global Trade
Child Soldiers
Refugees
Crime
Politics
Active Citizenship & Advocacy

Citizenship can be chosen as a GCSE option where the Edexcel course is studied.

Ethics and Morality is also delivered once a week during year 7 and 8. Ethics and morality offers students to reflect on issues of morality through various viewpoints. the following topics are covered.
Animal rights
War and peace
Prejudice and descrimination
Crime and punishment
Matters of Life and Death

Ethics and morality can be continued at GCSE level through the Eduqas religios studies course.

Trips are a vital part of our department and includes visits to the courts, WE day, parliament and museums. We also have many visits from our local MP Andrew Gwynne, charities nd the local policing team.

Key Stage 4:

Students gain a GCSE in Citizenship with the Edexcel exam board.

The course is comprised of two pieces of controlled assessment that is completed under exam conditions in class, they are completed in Year 10:
  • Unit 2: Participation in society
  • Unit 4: Campaigning
These pieces of controlled assessments amount to 60% of the students’ GCSE grade.

The other components of the GCSE are two exams at the end of Year 11, each exam is worth 20% of the students GCSE grade.
  • Unit 1: Citizenship today, this includes a study of the following areas;
    • Rights and responsibilities
    • Power, Politics and the media
    • Global issues
  • Unit 3: Citizenship in context, this includes a focused study on Global issues

High grades in this subject will provide excellent preparation for those wishing to study Politics, Sociology, Philosophy or Psychology at Advanced Level. Those students interested in careers in law, politics, teaching, social work, and the police, will benefit from following this course.

Assessment is via two controlled assessments in Year 10 and two exams at the end of Year 11. Examinations are externally set and marked.

To further students success in this course it would be helpful if parents encouraged their children to watch the news on a regular basis and discussed current and relevant items of news with them.

Duke of Edinburgh Award at
Reddish Vale High School
The Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award is offered to Year 10 pupils, we feel that it is beneficial to pupils during their time at Reddish Vale High School and will stand them in good stead for life once they leave school.

The award is designed to be progressive, fun and available to all and to offer young people opportunities they may not otherwise experience.

There are three levels of award and we like our year 10 pupils to begin at Bronze level. As part of the programme pupils take part in a number of different activities for 3-6 months in the following areas:
  • Volunteering
  • Physical
  • Skills
  • Expedition

On completion of the award pupils are invited to attend an wards evening at Stockport Town Hall.

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