Citizenship

Overview 

The intention of Citizenship studies at Grace Academy is for our pupils to 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. We also strive to 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. 

In line with the school vision, Citizenship Studies will be aiming to develop well-educated, considerate and caring citizens with a strong sense of values, who will succeed in and contribute to modern society. The curriculum in Citizenship allows students to do this because it provides the information necessary for them to be active members of society. 

  

Citizenship Staff: 

Mrs Y Cooper – Citizenship Coordinator 

Ms V Dainty – Head of Department – RE 

Miss R Morris – Head of Department – History 

Mr P Miles – Assistant Principal Ethos 

Ms J York – Associate Assistant Principal – KS5 

Miss N Pates – Head of Year 

Miss A Brookes – Head of Department – Business 

Mr H Mann – Teacher of RE 

 

KS3 

In years 7, 8 and 9 pupils will study PSHE and also be introduced to the concept of Citizenship through three Schemes of work.  In year 7 they will study British Values, Diversity and an introduction to Democracy, in year 8 they will study ‘An introduction to Law’. In year 9 students will gain a further understanding of democracy learning about Government, Parliament and voting and also living together in the UK. All Citizenship topics are highlighted in green on the curriculum overview and adhere to the National Curriculum for KS3.  These topics will also prepare the students for GCSE Citizenship in year 10.  All students are provided with an overview of the curriculum for their year group to be displayed at the front of exercise books, then a learning journey each half term.  Students are expected to write the date of each topic on learning journeys so they understand where they are in the curriculum and follow each scheme of learning. 

 

KS3 CURRICULUM MAP  

 

KS4 

Students build on their Citizenship knowledge when they begin their GCSE in year 10. Students have a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the topical events they study at GCSE level; the rights, responsibilities and duties of citizens; the role of the voluntary sector; forms of government; and the criminal and civil justice, legal and economic systems. They obtain and use different kinds of information, including the media, to form and express an opinion. They evaluate the effectiveness of different ways of bringing about change at different levels of society. Students take part effectively in school and community-based activities, showing a willingness and commitment to evaluate such activities critically.  

 

KS4 CURRICULUM MAP  

 

Revision guides 

Revision guides for GCSE courses are available to purchase from Amazon priced at £21.99, However students are provided with several booklets to use for revision throughout the course.