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Why is Citizenship important?

A high-quality citizenship education helps to provide pupils with knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society. In particular, citizenship education should foster pupils’ keen awareness and understanding of democracy, government and how laws are made and upheld. Teaching should equip pupils with the skills and knowledge to explore political and social issues critically, to weigh evidence, debate and make reasoned arguments. It should also prepare pupils to take their place in society as responsible citizens, manage their money well and make sound financial decisions.

Teaching British Values

Citizenship prepares our students for life in Britain by providing an understanding of democratic systems, knowledge of how laws are passed, an understanding of the British Judicial system and a knowledge of the freedoms we have as British citizens.

Citizenship benefits pupils as they:

  • 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.

Year 7

In Year 7 Citizenship is taught through Humanities lessons. There are natural links between the two subjects. This helps with student understanding and makes the subjects relevant to today.
The following topics are covered during the year.

  • Liberties enjoyed by people in the UK.
  • The importance and practice of budgeting.


  • The operation of Parliament and elections.
  • Development of a democratic government and the roles of individuals in charge.


  • The roles played by voluntary groups in society. How citizens work together to improve their environment.
  • The legal and justice system.


Year 8

In year 8 students have one hour of learning skills to develop their independent study skills ready for their GCSEs and  further education. In their learning skills lesson students will also focus on a Citizenship.

  • Liberties enjoyed by people in the UK.
  • The development of the political system of democratic government in the United Kingdom.


  • The functions and uses of money, the importance and practice of budgeting and managing risk.
  • The roles played public institutions and voluntary groups in society.


  • The operation of parliament including voting and elections.
  • The nature of rules and laws and the justice system.