Education for citizenship equips young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in public life. Citizenship encourages them to take an interest in topical and controversial issues and to engage in discussion and debate. Pupils learn about their rights, responsibilities, duties and freedoms and about laws, justice and democracy. They learn to take part in decision-making and different forms of action. They play an active role in the life of their schools, neighbourhoods, communities and wider society as active and global citizens.
Citizenship encourages respect for different national, religious and ethnic identities. It equips pupils to engage critically with and explore diverse ideas, beliefs, cultures and identities and the values we share as citizens in the UK. Pupils begin to understand how society has changed and is changing in the UK, Europe and the wider world.
Citizenship addresses issues relating to social justice, human rights, community cohesion and global interdependence, and encourages pupils to challenge injustice, inequalities and discrimination. It helps young people to develop their critical skills, consider a wide range of political, social, ethical and moral problems, and explore opinions and ideas other than their own.
Citizenship helps pupils to become informed, critical, active citizens who have the confidence and conviction to work collaboratively, take action and try to make a difference in their communities and the wider world.
Key Stage 3 Citizenship is delivered through a series of discrete lessons taught within the Geography and History curriculum. The range of topics and content include:
Crime and justice;
Nevertheless, many of the aspects of effective Citizenship are delivered across all aspects of life at st. Mary’s. In addition, active citizenship and participation is encouraged in curriculum enrichment days each year.
Key Stage 4 Citizenship is delivered in three sessions as part of the Physical education rotation. It is intended that pupils will have the opportunity to engage in and take action to address Citizenship issues which have topical or personal relevance. As such, the Citizenship sessions will:
Consider rights and responsibilities as an active citizen;
Enquire into a global citizenship issue;
Give pupils the opportunity to participate in a citizenship issue in the school or wider community.