Subject Overview

Citizenship education is about teaching students to be responsible and active participants and stakeholders within the society that they live in. Students are taught with the aim that they will:

• Acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of how the United Kingdom is governed, its political system and how citizens participate actively in its democratic systems of government

• Develop a sound knowledge and understanding of the role of law and the justice system in our society and how laws are shaped and enforced

• Develop an interest in, and commitment to, participation in volunteering as well as other forms of responsible activity, that they will take with them into adulthood

• Ensure that they are equipped with the skills to think critically and debate political questions, to enable them to manage their money on a day-to-day basis, and plan for future financial needs

They are encouraged to advocate and debate specific arguments, exploring them critically. Students are also required to develop an understanding of identity, diversity and the rights and responsibilities that come with being part of British society in the 21st century

Teaching and Learning

Year 7

Terms 1 and 2

  • Module 1: Culture and Diversity
  • Britishness, diversity, identity and discrimination
  • Advocacy and representation
  • Balancing conflicting opinions
  • Module 2: Campaigning and Elections
  • Introduction to voting, free speech and political parties
  • Taking informed and responsible action to campaign over a local issue
  • Terms 3 and 4

    Continuation of previous module

  • Module 3: Money in my pocket
  • Introduction to government and tax
  • Researching an area of development need (currently Zimbabwe)
  • Setting up own NGO and writing a developed speech to bid for money from DFID to tackle a specific problem
  • Module 4: Democracy, Justice and Debate
  • Introduction to democracy, justice and human rights
  • In-depth study of human rights abuses in Iran
  • Terms 5 and 6

    Continuation of previous module

  • Module 5: Peace and Conflict
  • Introduction to conflict
  • In-depth study of the situation in Sudan
  • Year 8

    Terms 1 and 2

  • Module 1: Local Government
  • Introduction to the role of local government
  • Research into the structure and provisions of one form of local government
  • Module 2: Crime and the Courts
  • Introduction to causes and effects of crime and the role of the YOT
  • Lesson on the role of restorative justice in the UK Criminal Justice system
  • lesson on the civil
  • Lesson on the criminal courts, with a focus on youth courts
  • Terms 3 and 4

    Continuation of previous module

  • Module 3: National Government
  • Lesson on the importance of voting and participation
  • Lesson on the structure of parliament
  • Lesson on the budget – some numeracy here to allocate budget spending
  • Lesson on the role of MPs and political parties
  • Module 4: Finance
  • Lesson on managing money
  • Lesson on what does a bank do
  • Lesson on borrowing money
  • Lesson on loan sharks/companies and government regulation
  • Terms 5 and 6

    Continuation of previous module

  • Module 5: The Commonwealth and the UN
  • Lesson on the role of the Commonwealth and its origins
  • Lesson on the UN and international development
  • Lesson focusing on the UN Security Council and its role
  • Mock security council
  • KS4 Course(s) offered

    Year 9

    Citizenship, Philosophy and Ethics
    Terms 1-3

  • Module 1:
  • Crime and punishment
  • Setting up a new society - Desert Island
  • Sin and crime
  • Justice and the courts
  • Crown courts role play
  • Different types of punishment
  • Theories of punishment
  • Riots 2011
  • Crime and the community project
  • Terms 4-6

  • Module 2
  • The Environment
  • Global warming
  • Believers and sceptics extra debate lesson
  • Natural resources
  • Christian Stewardship
  • Hindu Stewardship
  • Environment campaign
  • Poverty and the environment
  • Religious ideas about poverty and the environment
  • Sustainable development
  • Christian Aid case study
  • Animal testing
  • Animal testing and stem cell research alternatives
  • Farm welfare
  • Animal rights debate
  • Year 10 Citizenship, Philosophy and Ethics
    Terms 1-3

  • Module 3
  • Human Rights
  • What are human rights?
  • The UDHR
  • The UN convention on the rights of the Child
  • Human Rights and slavery
  • Human rights and torture
  • The Death Penalty
  • Prisoner of conscience
  • Human rights campaign
  • Terms 4-6

  • Module 4:
  • Social Responsibility
  • Social justice
  • Consicence, morals and situation ethics
  • Jarrow marches
  • The Beveridge report
  • Welfare state today and religious ideas
  • Welfare state debate
  • Systems of gov role play
  • Different systems of government
  • Why vote?
  • Electoral systems
  • Political ideology (current parties)
  • Christian attitudes to politics
  • Hindu attitudes to politics
  • Work of government
  • OCR GCSE Citizenship Studies is offered as a GCSE option, having previously been offered to all students as part of the core Humanities curriculum. There is currently no option class in year 9, but the two year course follows the structure outlined below:

    Year 10

  • Terms 1 and 2
  • A341 Controlled assessment:
  • • Researching issues and evidence around a specific campaign issue related to rights and responsibilities
  • • Writing a research evaluation under controlled conditions to evaluate the students’ chosen campaign issue and explain why a campaign is needed (10 marks)
  • • Group campaign planning and execution to try to effect change around the students’ chosen campaign issue (16 marks) •Evaluation of campaign (4 marks)
  • Terms 3 and 4
  • Taught lessons to cover content in A342 exam paper, including: • Britishness and Community Cohesion
  • • Different forms of government
  • • Structure and work of Parliament
  • • Devolution
  • • Pressure Groups
  • • The EU
  • • Human Rights
  • • The UN
  • • Consumer Rights
  • • Employment Rights
  • • Fair Trade
  • • Globalisation
  • • Local Agenda 21
  • • International
  • Terms 5 and 6
  • In term 5, students will continue with taught lessons to cover content in A342 exam paper.
  • In term 6, students will complete the first part of the A344 controlled assessment, which is an enquiry to an exam board defined issue, covering issues such as Scottish Independence, whether or not prisons work and whether our system of election is fair over recent years. Students then have to write an evaluation of the arguments, before coming to a conclusion over their own opinion. (10 marks).

    Year 11

  • Terms 1 and 2
  • A344 controlled assessment, including:
  • • Researching, planning and executing a piece of citizenship action to either: tackle discrimination, promote equality or promote community cohesion (16 marks)
  • • Write a final evaluation of their action (4 marks)
  • Across these terms we will also do some revision for their mock exams.

  • Terms 3 and 4
  • Taught lessons to cover content in A343 exam paper, including:
  • • Government departments
  • • The work of business
  • • Setting up your own business
  • • International corporations and the environment
  • • Public vs private ownership
  • • Trade Unions
  • • The Human Rights Act
  • • The UNCRC
  • • The role of the media
  • • Rights and responsibilities in the UK
  • • Rights and responsibilities in the education
  • • The Commonwealth
  • Terms 5 and 6
  • Revision and honing exam technique for the final exams.
  • Assessment

  • Year 7
  • Assessed letter to explain the causes of racial conflict and ways forward.
  • Assessment of local campaign actions.
  • Assessment of NGO speeches to outline students’ spending to support development in Zimbabwe.
  • Assessed debate about the situation in Iran.
  • Assessed mock International Criminal Court meeting to discuss the potential charges against Omar al-Bashir.
  • Year 8
  • Assessed presentation to educate people about the local government in their area.
  • Assessed speech about the role of restorative justice in the UK Criminal Justice system.
  • Assessed speech to outline budget spending.
  • Assessed letter to the government about regulation of loan sharks.
  • Assessment of mock Security Council contributions.
  • Year 9 CPE
  • Assessed sin and crime debate
  • Assessed letter to Justice Secretary about punishments in the Criminal Justice System
  • Assessed Crime and the Community research project
  • Assessed climate change debate
  • Assessment of evaluation of issues and evidence around the need to change our environmental practices at PCS (using GCSE CA mark scheme)
  • Assessed written task around animal welfare
  • OR
  • Assessed debate around animal testing and stem cell research
  • Year 10 CPE
  • Assessed anti-slavery rant
  • Assessed explanation of the different opinions around the death penalty
  • Assessed human rights campaign (using GCSE controlled assessment mark scheme)
  • GCSE exam paper assessment (combination of RS and Citizenship)
  • The GCSE broken down into 40% exam and 60% controlled assessment.

  • Year 10 GCSE
  • All of A341 controlled assessment is completed, as well as 1/3 of the A344 controlled assessment in term 6. All other assessments are by mock exam papers and questions. See above for more detail.
  • Year 11 GCSE
  • The remaining 2/3 of the A344 controlled assessment is completed in terms 1 and 2. All other assessments are by mock exam papers and questions. See above for more detail. The final exams (A342 and A343) are both one hour each and take place in the May of each summer exam series.
  • Homework

    In years 7 and 8, homework is set twice per module, which is roughly once every four weeks and is for half an hour.

    In year 9 and 10 CPE, we do not set homework.

    In GCSE Citizenship, homework is set once per fortnight and is for an hour.

    Homework is easily accessible to students through Show my Homework:

    Teaching Staff

    Mr Matthew Whatford, Head of Humanities:
    Ms Sophie Benzie, Head of Media Studies:
    Mrs Nicola Boyd, Head of Geography:
    Mr Gavin Peevers, Assistant Head teacher and Teacher of Humanities:
    Ms Beccy Pook, Teacher of Geography and Humanities:
    Mr Colin Harris, Teacher of History and Humanities:
    Ms Lizzie Green, Teacher of Humanities:

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