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Citizenship

The Citizenship team is taught by some very experienced members of staff and the department has achieved some very good results with the cohorts who take the exam. 
Our aim is to encourage pupils to see how important citizenship is to developing them as a person.
Citizenship Studies is about how people take an active part in democratic politics and work together for a better society, locally, nationally and globally.
Students will learn about power, democracy, the operation of government and the legal system, and the role of the UK in the wider world. They will explore and learn about different controversial and topical issues with political, social, ethical, economic and environmental dimensions. They will experience taking citizenship action and learn from trying to make a difference themselves.

Curriculum
 

Key Stage 4

The course is divided into five main themes:
A: Living together in the UK
Topics include:
The changing UK population, migration and its impact, respect and understanding, identity, right, duties and values that underpin democracy and the development of human rights.

B: Democracy at work in the UK
Topics include:
Parties and candidates, elections and voting systems, the work of the government, Westminster Parliament, making and shaping law, and the constitution. Pupils will also need to know about how the power is shared across the UK and about taxation and government spending.

C: Law and justice
Topics include: 
The role and principles of law, civil and criminal law, the justice system in the UK, courts and tribunals and youth justice. Also crime in society, sentences and punishment.

D: Power and influence
Topics include: Citizens participation in politics and society, groups and organisations in a democratic society, media and free press, rights and responsibilities of the media and the use of media for influence.

E: Taking citizenship action
Identify an issue, carry out research, represent their own and others views, plan action, apply skills of collaboration, negotiation and influence as they deliver an activity and evaluate the action.

The GCSE Citizenship Studies consists of two externally examined papers.

 

Paper 1

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

50% of the qualification

80 Marks

Assessment Overview

Section A

Theme A: Living together in the UK.

Section B

Theme B: Democracy at work in the UK.

Section C

Theme C: Law and justice.

Section D

Extended – response questions related to two or more specification Themes A-C

Paper 2

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

50% of the qualification

80 marks.

Assessment Overview

Section A

Questions relate to the students’ own citizenship action. Theme E: Taking Citizenship Action

Section B

Questions require the students to comment on others’ actions and relate to Theme D: Power and Influence.

Section C

Questions are focused on Theme D: Power and Influence.

One of the questions will also link to Themes A-C.

 

Departmental Achievements

Our departmental results have been over 80% for the last 4 years and we aim to maintain these standards with the new syllabus for the first exam in Summer 2017.

 

Staff

Mrs N Jeffrey - Department Leader

Mr D Strickland - Citizenship Lead

Miss K Latham - Department Leader - Drama

Mr R Miah

Mrs K Davis - Head of Yr 9

Miss Chipperfield

Miss Barret