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Citizenship was introduced 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.
Key Stage 3
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. In order to maintain a safe standard in school, they are trained with health and safety issues. The students are then introduced to the idea of community and democracy before concluding the year with an Active Citizenship campaign – embedding the three Cs of Citizenship (Community, Cooperation & Change).
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.
Key Stage 4 - Year 9, 10 and 11
Students study the Edexcel GCSE curriculum. (Edexcel presentation)
This GCSE is made up of 4 mandatory units.
- Unit 1 – Citizenship Today = 1 hour exam (20%)
- Unit 2– Participating in society = coursework (30%) 3 hours controlled assessment.
- Unit 3 – Citizenship in context = 1 hour exam (20%)
Unit 4 – Citizenship Campaign = coursework (30%) 3 hours controlled assessment
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