At John Taylor, Citizenship is delivered through the tutor programme both in vertical and horizontal study sessions. The main aim of Citizenship is to educate and inspire pupils to become active and responsible citizens.
Currently, our pupils study the following themes across key stage 3 and 4:
Year 7 are introduced to what it is to be a citizen and look at their identity in the local community, school community and key elements of British identity. They also consider the importance of following rules.
Year 8 learn how the United Kingdom is governed and how citizens can take part in a democratic society. They also consider other forms of government.
Year 9 consider active citizenship by considering the work of charitable organisations. They actively work together to raise awareness for a cause and look at how local and national government may support a range of causes.
Year 10 learn about the importance of voting in a democracy. They critically debate the current voting age and also look at the role of pressure groups in making a difference in government legislation.
This year, our pupils have actively raised funding and awareness for the FootPrints Charity. Pupils have worked together to develop links and funding to support a school that has little in terms of equipment and funding.
We promote active citizens through the junior magistrates mock trial competition (years 8 and 9) and senior bar mock trial competition (years 10 to 13). Here, pupils learn how the court systems work and play an active role as a member of the jury, prosecution team, defence team, usher or even the defendant themselves! In addition, various public speaking competitions develop pupils’ debating and arguing skills.
The national curriculum for citizenship aims to ensure that all pupils:
· 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
· 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
· develop an interest in, and commitment to, participation in volunteering as well as other forms of responsible activity, that they will take with them into adulthood are equipped with the skills to think critically and debate political questions, to enable them to manage their money on a day-to-day basis, and plan for future financial needs