KS3 Citizenship



Citizenship is a compulsory part of the National Curriculum that involves the study of the political, legal and economic issues that affect all of us in society.  The aim is to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for young people to make their own decisions and to take responsibility for their own lives and communities. It is a dynamic and topical subject where students will consider contemporary issues and will be given opportunities to take action to improve their communities. Citizenship helps young people to deal knowledgeably and sensitively with conflict and controversial issues. Students learn to recognise bias, evaluate arguments, and weigh up evidence and to understand the consequences of their actions.

How will I be assessed?

Classwork and short answer assessments during lesson time, practical projects involving active citizenship.  Homework will also be taken into account for effort grades.

What books will be studied?

Newspapers, relevant blogs and online content will be accessed, to keep information as up to date and relevant as possible.

Is there anything else I need to know?

Citizenship is part of the Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship curriculum. At Biddenham we follow this and Citizenship forms a core part of the Essential Life Skills programme delivered during tutor time twice a week. The year 7 and 8 citizenship curriculum supports the work undertaken during ELS and forms a solid foundation from which students can develop through their school career.

How does this subject prepare students for GCSE option choice in year 9?

Citizenship is not currently offered as an examined GCSE option choice, as mentioned above, it is a part of our core ELS curriculum and it is taught in every year group from year 7 to 13.

What Extra Curricular opportunities are available for this subject and what can I do at home to challenge myself?

Read the local and national newspapers, stay on top of current affairs and read widely to develop your own thoughts and opinions.  There are debating opportunities in school.  We support NCS (National Citizenship Service) and there are opportunities to get involved in years 11 and 12.

Who should I contact for extra information?

Course contact: Mr Forster: paul.forster@biddenham.beds.sch.uk