Citizenship is an exciting National Curriculum subject that all schools deliver. It is taught in all years, in a cross-curricular way through all subjects, as well as the wider opportunities in school. In Key Stage 4, it is also taught as a separate timetabled subject allowing the student to work towards a GCSE short-course qualification.
So, what is Citizenship?
Citizenship aims to empower students to participate effectively in society as active, informed, critical and responsible citizens of our society and the wider world. It gives them the knowledge, understanding and skills needed for this, through topics which include law, government, diversity, the media, human rights and responsibilities. Citizenship also strongly emphasises the importance of skills of enquiry and active participation.
How will Citizenship be taught at QE?
In five main ways:
1. some specific lessons in PSHE Tutorial;
2. through parts of off-timetable Focus Days;
3. through explicit parts of all different subjects;
4. through opportunities for you to get involved in the life of the school and participate in different ways;
5. in Key Stage 4, as a taught GCSE short-course.
How will it be assessed?
The student is responsible for keeping a Citizenship portfolio as part of their Progress file. Tutor time is given for the collection and organisation of evidence of what has been done.
There is an important element of self-assessment.
- Tutors will use all the evidence to report on Citizenship at the end of Year 9
- In Years 10 and 11,there will also be a Citizenship subject report, written by the subject teacher.
How can I find out more?
Information about Citizenship activities and opportunities will be available through QE News and at Information/Parents' Evenings.