Citizenship

Citizenship is presently taught as a discrete subject in Year 10. Pupils study elements of Citizenship throughout the work undertaken in iLearn in Years 7 and 8. In Religious Studies in Year 9, students study a unit of work termed Catholic Citizenship.

Citizenship in Year 10 is allocated one period a week.

Lesson content tends to be issue based and pupils are encouraged to discuss a range of issues and express an opinion, based upon discussion with others, research and analysis of source material provided. It is expected that they should be able to justify and communicate clearly their opinion to others.

Pupils are encouraged to work both individually and in groups and may need to represent the views of others. They are also encouraged to reflect upon their learning.

Year 10 Citizenship

Course content includes:

  • What do we mean by ‘British’?
  • Identity
  • Migration
  • The Justice system including the Youth courts and sentencing.
  • Human rights
  • How laws are passed
  • Politics today
  • Political parties
  • Pressure groups
  • Votes for Women
  • Non democratic countries
  • The European Union
  • The work of the United Nations
  • Financial Capability including Personal Finance
  • Careers Education

Assessment

Year 10 have three assessments each year. These are at the end of each term.

Form time

Form time provides opportunities for discussion and debate about a range of issues. These may directly affect our pupils or may be national or international in nature. In form time each fortnight all forms are involved in Spotlight. This involves pupils discussing issues that have previously been planned by all the forms in the Academy. Spotlight sessions helps to build confidence, listening skills and the ability to voice an opinion and to raise awareness of other viewpoints that may have not been considered.

Pupil Voice and representation

There is a well-established democratically elected school council and there is also house councils for each house and house captains. A prefect system has been established, providing opportunities for pupils to take on responsibilities and act as role models to others. There is also a Head boy and Head girl who form part of the student leadership team. They are tasked with developing ways to improve their Academy for all.

Staff

Mr. D. Regan coordinates the subject and many staff are involved in delivering Citizenship at the Academy.