Citizenship is a relatively new subject to the curriculum, introduced by the Government. in 2003. Citizenship was introduced and created to help young people become aware of the society around them and to become more actively involved in their communities as active citizens. All students have to take Citizenship.
Citizenship is a dynamic new subject preparing students for the world which lies outside of their school experience. Areas studied within the subject cover a multitude of different topics and link with many other subjects including Geography, Religous Education and English. Students answer such questions as:
- What is a Citizen?
- What does it mean to be British?
- What does it mean to live in a multicultural society?
- What are prejudice and discrimination?
- What is a community?
- What human rights do we have?
- How can I change the society I live in?
- What is a political view?
- How does the media affect politics?
- How does the British justice system work?
- Why should Britain belong to European Union or the UN?
- How can we help to solve the problems in less developed parts of the world?
- What are the positive and negative sides to globalisation?
- How can a global community work more fairly?
Students are introduced to Citizenship in Year 7, where discreet units are taught within PSHEE time. During Year 8 students study longer assessed topic style units within Citizenship. GCSE Citizenship is taken during Years 9 and 10 with students completing their qualification in Year 10.