The study of Citizenship aims to put pupils at the heart of everyday debates about society and encourage them to make a positive impact on their local, national and international communities.

Pupils will learn about their rights, roles and responsibilities as a young citizen and will explore many of the issues faced by young people today – both in and outside of the school environment. They will learn about democracy and the rule of law, the English legal system, and gain an understanding of the political landscape and the importance of fundamental British values.

Pupils will also be taught practical life skills, such as how to manage their money effectively, how to budget and save, how to plan for their future careers and harness their entrepreneurial skills, how to foster positive and supportive relationships with others, and how to safeguard their physical and mental health.

The Citizenship curriculum will help pupils to develop the personal, intellectual and social skills they will need to thrive as young citizens in Britain.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
  • Relationships: peer relationships, friendship and bullying
  • Well-being and healthy eating: the importance of a good diet
  • Media and advertising: recognising the role of advertisement in everyday life
  • Politics: understanding the functions of local and national government, understanding political parties and the political landscape in Britain
  • The growth of social media (using Facebook as a case study), the role of social media, social media and e-safety
  • Personal values: your rights, dealing with different emotions – anger management
  • When things go wrong: stress and depression case study
  • Who to turn to for help – charitable organisations
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

  • What makes an identity?
  • Diverse society
  • Immigration and migration
  • Rights and responsibilities of the media
  • Press regulations

UK and the EU

  • How can you change the community?
  • The role of public organisations
  • Government legislation

  • Values underpinning democracy
  • Role and structure of the elected local government
  • The role and accountability of councillors
  • Power of government, Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Who can stand in an election and how they are selected
  • The debate about “English votes for English laws”
  • How parliament works
  • Budgeting – the practice of budgeting and managing risks
  • Viewpoints and debates about welfare funding
  • How public taxes are raised and spent by government locally and nationally
  • Views and debates about Healthcare funding
  • Active Citizenship investigations
  • Examination preparation

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification: Pearson Edexcel GCSE Citizenship (9-1) 1CS0

Enrichment Offer

A wide range of trips and workshops are arranged throughout the year to enable pupils to explore key topics outside of the classroom. Intervention sessions to consolidate prior learning and maximise progress are at the heart of our delivery model.