Citizenship Education benefits pupils by exploring the behaviour and actions of a citizen as well as the rights and responsibilities every individual has.
‘Citizenship is more than a subject. If taught well and tailored to local needs, its skills and values will enhance democratic life for all of us, both rights and responsibilities, beginning in school and radiating out’ (National curriculum, 1999)
Teaching of Citizenship aims to develop skills of communication, participation and responsible action. Enabling pupils develop the self- confidence to deal with significant life changes. It gives pupils a voice in their schools and society enabling them to make a positive contribution to their community. Teaching pupils’ knowledge and understanding and being informed citizens also taking into account the impact and significance of the media.
The subject looks at aspects of the law and legal human rights, work of parliament and how the economy functions. As well as at topics such as diversity, respect and conflict resolution.
‘Pupils’ moral, social, spiritual and cultural development is outstanding’ (Ofsted 2006)
At King Ethelbert School, Citizenship is taught in Key Stage 3 mainly through Personal and Social Education. However some key aspects such as diversity and culture, and fair trade and inequality are also looked at in subjects such as Religious Studies and Geography.
In year 11 all pupils currently study GCSE Citizenship Short Course AQA syllabus which is assessed through coursework and examination.
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