Subject Curriculum Intent – Citizenship
The principal aim of Citizenship education at City Heights E-Act Academy is to engage pupils in the local and global world; to consider their role as global citizens, to enable students to have a rich understanding of the context of their lives and communities, and their future and to think critically but proactively about a politicised environment. The course empowers students to play an active part in public and democratic life as informed and active citizens who are determined to overcome societal barriers. Our students through learning about Citizenship will develop into the people they aspire to be; responsible leaders and role models of their communities. Citizenship also benefits and supports our students as it helps to produce motivated, responsible and life-long learners, who relate positively to each other, to staff and to the surrounding community.
The Citizenship GCSE allows for students to develop the ability to analyse and comment on four key themes. A) Living together in the UK B) Democracy at work in the UK C) Law and Justice D) Power and influence – The UK’s relationship with the rest of the world. The course also focuses on the importance of active citizenship so students can engage with topics close to their hearts while they develop skills in research and investigation, problem solving, advocacy and campaigning. The course reflects current issues, questions and debates; and therefore students develop knowledge and understanding of the role of citizenship in relation to the political and democratic issues and discourse that impacts on modern society. Throughout the course, students are supported to become confident public speakers who advocate on behalf of others.
The content has been sequenced progressively. For instance, students begin with an overview of community and democratic issues within the UK before studying how people can take an active role in these processes. Following this, students consider the legal systems and processes within the UK before studying the deeper issues of power in influence that underpin these. Finally, students conduct an action project as a method of embedding their theoretical knowledge base and learning how they play an active role in the theoretical processes that they have studied.
Throughout the curriculum, students are also explicitly taught the disciplinary knowledge required to become an articulate scholar within the field of Citizenship. We have identified three disciplinary skills which are returned to regularly and are made explicit in our teaching and have been included in our knowledge booklets. These are (i) interpretation of source material (ii) evaluative writing and (iii) presenting opinions. Further, key themes are regularly returned to through the course and made explicit. These themes are (i) power, (ii) democracy, (iii) the operation of government and (iv) the role of the UK in the wider world.
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