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Sir Jonathan North Community College

Sir Jonathan North Community College

Citizenship

KS3

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. Students learn about their rights, responsibilities, duties and freedoms as well as 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 students to engage critically with and explore diverse ideas, beliefs, cultures and identities and the values we share as citizens in the UK. Students begin to understand how society has changed and continues to change in the UK, Europe and the wider world.

Citizenship addresses issues relating to social justice, human rights, community cohesion and global interdependence, and encourages students 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. They evaluate information, make informed judgements and reflect on the consequences of their actions now and in the future. They learn to argue a case on behalf of others, as well as themselves, and speak out on issues of concern.

Citizenship equips students with the knowledge and skills needed for effective and democratic participation. It helps students 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.

Students are taught Citizenship as part of their Humanities lessons in Years 7 and 8 and their IAG lessons in Year 9.

At the start of the Autumn Term in year 7, students are taught in mixed ability tutor group classes. Towards the end of the first half-term students will take a formal assessment.

Programme of Study

Year 7

  • Introduction to Citizenship
  • Rules, Fairness and Responsibility
  • Me and My Community

Year 8

  • Parliamentary Democracy
  • Laws and the Justice System
  • Liberty and Freedom

Year 9

  • Financial capability (IAG)

GCSE

In KS4 students will have the opportunity to follow a GCSE course in Religious Education, which also fulfils the requirements of the National Curriculum in Citizenship.