• Whole School Citizenship

Citizenship

Citizenship education equips students with the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in public life.  They learn about their rights, responsibilities, duties and freedoms and are encouraged to take part in decision making and direct action. 

The curriculum deals with three key concepts: Democracy and justice, Rights and responsibilities and Identities and diversities.  Citizenship addresses issues such as social justice, human rights and the diverse beliefs, cultures and values we share as citizens of the UK. The content is updated regularly to reflect current issues in the local and national community and students are enabled to discuss controversial issues in a safe environment. 

Outside of the taught curriculum, students experience active citizenship by participating fully in the life of the school and by taking part in National campaigns such as the Oxfam “Message in a book” and Action Aid “Send my friend to school” campaigns.

Key Stage 3

Year 7
Topics are organised in half-term blocks and students have one lesson per week.  In this academic year, students will study voting and the UK parliamentary system in preparation for the elections to Hackney Youth parliament in mid-October. The second module examines the idea of fairness, responsibility and discipline in school and how young people can make their voice heard.  The final module focuses on the complexity of identity and diversity in the UK.

Year 8
In the first half-term students will look at the values that underpin the law and how the justice system deals with young people.  The second module deals with the role of the media in society and the rights of extremists to express their views.  The final module focuses on the rights guaranteed by UNHCR by examining the treatment of detainees in Guantanamo Bay.