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Course Outline

Year Groups

Term / Unit of work


Summer term:

·         Government and Democracy

·         Human Rights


Spring 1: Citizenship / Geography Unit:

·         Gladesmore’s Footprint

Spring 2: Citizenship / History Unit:

·         Voting


Spring 2: Citizenship / RE Unit:

·         The Media


Autumn 1 - Spring 2: Citizenship Unit:

·         Globalisation


Spring 1 - Summer 1: Citizenship Unit:

·         Work

All students across the key stages participate in Citizenship Studies in varying degrees. The subject currently does not lead to a formal qualification.

Citizenship Studies enables pupils to be active, informed citizens; able to effect change to improve their lives and their communities.

At Gladesmore, Citizenship Studies is taught as a discrete subject, within its own department.

Key Stage 3
Year 7’s have Citizenship for a term and are withdrawn from RE. Students explore a variety of issues from Rights and responsibilities, diversity, key characteristic of democracy to human rights.

Year 8’s are taught within the Humanities department by department heads. Within geography, students will be looking at the school’s footprint and coming up with practical proposals as to how they can reduce it. In history, students will be looking at ‘who should vote?’ They will be exploring issues surrounding the female franchise, women in World War One and whether the franchise is fair.

Year 9 students are withdrawn from RE and follow a five week programme of study. Students will be exploring ‘The Media’. They will be looking at various sociological perspectives on the media, the freedom of the press, blasphemy laws and the media, the impact of social networking sites. They will also begin to evaluate whether the media is a force for good or evil.

Students receive five weeks of citizenship studies lessons in Years 8 and 9.

All key stage 3 units are formally assessed and students receive a National Curriculum Level.

Key Stage 4
Year 10 students are placed on a carousel and receive five weeks of Citizenship Studies. The unit of study for year 10 students is ‘Globalisation’. Students learn about global economics inequalities, key features of globalisation and how consumer choices have an impact on others around the world.

Year 11, students have five lessons of Citizenship Studies and complete The Personal Development Unit of Work. Students explore the necessary skills required for a specific job. Students also look at their personal skills and how they relate to the world of work. They also look at basic financial literacy.

Active Citizenship
The Citizenship Studies Department has since 2004 organised an Active Citizenship Campaign, Value Life. Value Life from its inception has been a student led response to the issue of gun and knife crime. Students annually organise a variety of initiatives such as peace walks, festivals, rallies, conferences and a movie. In 2013 students organised a peace walk in Central London over Tower Bridge and then organised an Awards ceremony at Potter Field where organisations were recognised for their invaluable work within the community.

The students have been recognised for their active approach to citizenship. In 2005 students received The Home Office’s ‘Respect Making A Stand Award’. In 2008 they were awarded the Phillip Lawrence Awards and in 2011 students were awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for the positive contribution that they are currently making.

“Citizenship is more than a statutory subject. If taught well and tailored to local needs, its skills and values will enhance democratic life for us all, both rights and responsibilities, beginning in school and radiating out.” (Bernard Crick)