EGA School

Citizenship

Overview

Citizenship education allows pupils to develop knowledge and understanding of the role of politics in relation to current issues that impact on modern society. It engages them with what it means to be an active citizen and prepares them for the next step in today’s globalised world.

 

Citizenship education is statutory in all state maintained schools, and at EGA, KS4 Citizenship is currently delivered through the year 9 skills programme.  During these sessions, pupils are challenged to engage in discussions about our global communities and to develop critical thinking skills and skills of enquiry.

 

 September 2017 we will be teaching the Edexcel new specification full course GCSE in Citizenship. This option will be beneficial to those students who have an interest in current and historical political issues, and those who may which to study history, law or politics at a higher level post 16.

In this course pupils will be exploring ideas in depth around:

·         Theme A: Living in the UK

·         Theme B:  Democracy at work in the UK

·         Theme C: Law and Justice

·         Theme D: Power and influence

Theme E: Taking citizenship action.

 

Citizenship at KS3
At KS3, Citizenship Studies is taught within the PSHE curriculum. In year 7, students look at issues around identity and community as part of their extended project.

In year 8, Students complete a unit of work on Parliament and Democracy and are assessed at the end of this work.  The year 8 extended project also focuses on issues of democracy and the rights of citizens.

 
Study at Home for KS3
 
Folens – Citizenship and PSHE (Books 1-3)
Collins – Your Life (Books 1-4)
www.Youtube.com
www.amnesty.org.uk/education
www.bbcnews.co.uk
 
Citizenship at Key Stage 4
 
The exam board for this exam is Edexcel. The Short Course in Citizenship has two main components.
Unit 1.  Citizenship  Today
This unit has three main themes studied in the first year and it contributes 40% of the final grade. This unit is externally assessed in June.
Rights and Responsibilities – Students will study political, legal and human rights and freedoms in a range of contexts from local to global. They will also study the struggle for different rights in the UK, the rights and responsibilities of employers and employees and the origins and implications of diversity in the changing nature of UK society.
Power, Politics and the Media – Students will study issues relating to how the media is regulated, how biased or partial it is, how far it influences public debate as well as how information is used in public debate and policy formation This theme will also cover some aspects of the Criminal Justice System, how UK laws are made and actions citizens can take in democratic and electoral process to influence decisions locally, nationally and beyond.
The Global Community – Students will look at the work of the voluntary sector, policies and practices for sustainable development and their impact on the environment, the UK economy, the UK’s role in the world (European, Commonwealth and UN) and the challenges facing the global community.
 
Unit 2. Participating in Society
This unit is normally taught in the second year.This is the Active citizenship unit which allows students to work on a generic task set by Edexcel. Students choose one issue from nine range and content areas. This activity contributes to 60% of the final grade. The work is internally assessed but externally moderated by the exam board.
 
Some students opt for GCSE Full Course Citizenship in Year 11
 
 
 
 
 
Study at Home for KS4
BBC website
4OD
You Tube
Citizenship Today (Edexcel endorsed textbook)
Collins Revision – GCSE Citizenship
 
Recent Events

EGA School students  participation In the first youth voting initiative – Bite the Ballot (February)

Forthcoming events – Trips to the Royal Courts of Justice for Years 9 and 10 (April)

Terms & holidays

Spring Term
Start: 3rd Jan 2017
Half Term: 13th - 17th Feb
End of Term: 30th March
 
Summer Term
Start: 18th Apr
Half Term: 29th May-2nd June
End of Term: 21st July
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