Citizenship is taught across KS3 and provide pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society. Citizenship education fosters pupils’ awareness and understanding of democracy, government and how laws are made and upheld. It equips pupils with the skills and knowledge to explore political and social issues critically, to weigh evidence, debate and make reasoned arguments. It also prepare pupils to take their place in society as responsible citizens, manage their money well and make sound financial decisions.
The overall aims at KS3 is to get students to know and understand -:
• The development of the political system of democratic government in the United Kingdom, including the roles of citizens, Parliament and the monarch
• The operation of Parliament, including voting and elections, and the role of political parties
• The precious liberties enjoyed by the citizens of the United Kingdom
• The nature of rules and laws and the justice system, including the role of the police and the operation of courts and tribunals
• The roles played by public institutions and voluntary groups in society, and the ways in which citizens work together to improve their communities, including opportunities to participate in school-based activities
• The functions and uses of money, the importance and practice of budgeting, and managing risk.
The skills and knowledge developed from studying Citizenship at KS3 is built into other curriculum areas at KS4. These areas includes History, English Geography and Sociology.