Citizenship is mainly taught as part of the Life Skills curriculum. At KS3 students learn about our democratic government, parliament and the monarch, the precious liberties enjoyed by the citizens of the United Kingdom, the law and our justice system. Through Life skills lessons and other whole school activities students learn about and get involved in the roles played by public institutions and voluntary groups in society, and the ways in which citizens work together to improve their communities, including opportunities to participate in school-based activities. An example being the buddy group environmental and charity-based projects. They also learn about the functions and uses of money, the importance and practice of budgeting, and managing risk.
At KS4 students revisit parliamentary democracy and the key elements of the constitution of the United Kingdom, including the power of government, the role of citizens and Parliament in holding those in power to account, and the different roles of the executive, legislature and judiciary and a free press. The different electoral systems used around the world both democratic and non-democratic, local, regional and international governance and the United Kingdom’s relations with the rest of Europe, the Commonwealth, the United Nations and the wider world, human rights and international law, the legal system in the UK, different sources of law and how the law helps society deal with complex problems, diverse national, regional, religious and ethnic identities in the United Kingdom and the need for mutual respect. Again, they get involved with the ways in which citizens work together to improve their communities, including opportunities to participate in school-based activities. An example being the buddy group environmental and charity-based projects.
Students also learn about income and expenditure, credit and debt, insurance, savings and pensions, financial products and services, and how public money is raised and spent.
Students have one timetabled lesson a week of Life Skills. The staffing for 2022/2023 are as follows: Year 7 – tutor team. Year 8-11 – RCH, EHO, MBR and RSN.