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Citizenship Department

Citizenship aims to empower our students in making their own decisions and to take responsibility for their own lives and communities - allowing our students the opportunity to explore their social and political views. The educational minister says that Citizenship is becoming a cornerstone subject in our education system, allowing our students the opportunity in becoming good global citizens. Over the course of this year, we have established a number of strategic partnerships (pictures) with external organisations. They help us to deliver a strong and exciting curriculum. The subject is now also being offered as a GCSE at the Academy.

Staff List

  • Ms R.Afolabi - Subject Leader of Citizenship and PSHE
  • Ms T Kamsakornvijitr

Key Stage 3

Year 7

In the early stages of year 7, the curriculum is specifically geared to welcoming our students to the Academy. The ‘New Surroundings’ module is developed in conjunction with the Competency framework to better integrate our students to their new surroundings in the Academy.

  • Introduction to citizenship - Students are then introduced to the idea of community and democracy
  • Diversity at HAP – Equal opportunities, issues around equality and dealing with conflict.
  • Improving the school environment -  Can young people make a difference? What is student voice and active participation? An Active Citizenship campaign which embeds the three C’s of Citizenship (Community, Cooperation & Change).
  • Human rights – Exploring our rights and responsibilities and specifically , the rights of the child.
  • Keeping Healthy – Exploring our personal choices in relation to health. Students focus on developing the tools for a healthy eating campaign.
  • Social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL) – Topics cover a broad range of issues such as personal hygiene, decisions and consequences, and drugs.


Year 8

Students are made aware of local community issues in the first term of year 8. They research about the different groups and gangs in the surrounding communities. Students are then taught how to make a change within their communities by relating to the infrastructure of how local and central government operate (government & politics). In the final term students are encouraged to reflect on their roles as global Citizenship by studying global trade and then taking part in a global Active Citizenship campaign – sending my friend to school project.

Year 8 students study families and relationships. Our partners then help us to deliver a unit of work on Sex and relationships. Building on the work in year 7, students are then taken through the structure of European Union and the influence of media before concluding the year with an Active Citizenship campaign.

  • Groups and gangs – A study of peer pressure and what is being done to prtect and help young people.
  • Sex and relationships – Puberty, self-esteem and sexual health.
  • Local democracy – What is a community, who makes the decisions within a community, voting, democratic campaigns.
  • National Government – How is the UK governed? How does parliament make laws? What does an MP do?
  • Media – Students explore advertising and analyse the vast world of media. Can you trust and Advert, newspaper, photograph? Should the press have more freedom?
  • Alcohol and drugs – A study of the effects of alcohol on the body as well as the emotional health of drug and alcohol users,. Investigating the sources of support.

 Key Stage 4 - Year 9, 10 and 11 

Year 9

This is a foundation year looking to develop further the skills of active citizenship and analysis. Community co-operation and change are key elements here again.

  • Rights and responsibilities – Students develop negotiation skills around concepts of human rights and civil liberties. Discussion and investigation on global topics such as ‘The Human Rights act’ and terrorism, and more domestic issues such as rights and the police. Over the first term they investigate aspects of women’s rights, rights of the child, disability rights,. There is a practical application into people rights to work and access for all.
  • National government and Politics – An over view of the UK political system , thinking about how politics and laws shape our society and importantly how we actively participate in this process.
  • Participating in Society – practical and theoretical investigation into the topics that will be chosen for their controlled assessment at GCSE. This enables pupils to gain the skills necessary to create a successful activity at GCSE.



Students study the Edexcel GCSE curriculum. (Edexcel presentation) This GCSE is made up of 4 mandatory units.

Year 10

  •  Unit 1 – Citizenship Today = 1 hour exam (20%)
  •  Unit 2– Participating in society = coursework (30%) 3 hours controlled assessment.

Year 11

  •  Unit 3 – Citizenship in context = 1 hour exam (20%)
  •  Unit 4 – Citizenship Campaign = coursework (30%) 3 hours controlled assessment


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