Citizenship Education at Priory School

Priory is a UNICEF Level 1 Rights Respecting School

As a Rights Respecting School, all assemblies are delivered by Senior Staff who follow a Rights Respecting Agenda.  This is based on the United Nations Charter on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) Articles 1-42. Through assemblies, we expect pupils to learn about their own rights and also uphold the rights of others.  Every child has the right to think and believe what they want and also to practice their own religion as long as they are not stopping others from enjoying their rights (Article 14).  As a school we feel compelled to ensure we offer support and guidance in upholding this right in a mutually respectful environment that protects children from extreme views and opinions.

What is Citizenship?

Citizenship education develops knowledge, skills and understanding that pupils need to play a full part in society as active and responsible citizens. Pupils learn about politics, parliament and voting as well as human rights, justice, the law and the economy. They also learn the skills of active citizenship. Teaching is brought to life using real issues and events in local to global contexts.

In England, citizenship is a statutory National Curriculum foundation subject in secondary schools.

Aims

The national curriculum for citizenship aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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
  • 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.

How is citizenship organised at Priory School?

Year 7 and 8 pupils receive their citizenship education as part of a planned programme of PSCHE which is delivered by their tutor using the ASDAN Key Steps Award.

Year 9 pupils receive their citizenship education as part of a planned programme of PSCHE which is delivered by their tutor using the ASDAN Key Steps Award.  In addition they receive a term and a half of discrete citizenship lessons; they may opt to take a GCSE in Citizenship Studies.

Year 10 pupils receive their citizenship education as part of a planned programme of PSCHE which is delivered by their tutor using the ASDAN Short Course Citizenship Award.  In addition we also deliver the GCSE in Citizenship Studies as an option, this is new for 2014.

Year 11 pupils receive their citizenship education as part of a planned programme of PSCHE which is delivered by their tutor.

Curriculum Plan – click on this link to get an overview of the taught curriculum at Priory School.

Scheme of Work – please click on the link to access the scheme of work.