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Citizenship

Respect, Aspiration, Determination, Independence.

Citizenship

Mrs C Morrison - Curriculum Leader

Miss L Hoyles

Miss F Rockey

 

SMSC Citizenship Department:

All Citizenship lessons take place within the Citizenship and RE Faculty and are taught by subject specialists. The classrooms provide inspiring environment where students work is colourfully displayed and student achievement is celebrated. 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.


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.

Key Stage 4:

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

The GCSE course is assessed by two examinations at the end of Year 11. Topics covered in the specification are

  • Living together in the UK
  • Democracy and politics in the UK
  • Law
  • Power and influence in the UK and globally
  • Active Citizenship which encompasses students planning and running their own campaigns

 
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.

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.

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 and the local policing team.