Citizenship encompasses a wide range of different topics that are not taught as part of the national curriculum. These include careers, personal and social education, relationships and sex education (RSE), e-safety, health and personal safety and the role of the citizen in a modern society. Further details of the taught RSE curriculum is held in our policy.
All pupils have citizenship lessons throughout Years 7 to 11 and there is a separate programme at sixth form level.
For more information about each key stage, please click on each of the sections below.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8, 9)
In Year 7, students are introduced to Citizenship as a subject. They will look at a wide range of topics including healthy eating, making friends, UK politics, world peace and conflict.
Throughout all topics students have been encouraged to explore their responsibilities as an individual both respecting the differences in others and the environment of which they are a part.
In Year 8, students develop their skills in Citizenship lessons by learning about their extensive role in the community. They are introduced to topics that increase their awareness of the laws related to young people.
The topics covered include personal safety, juvenile crime, alcohol, rights and responsibilities, human rights, criminal offences in school, e-safety, refugees, fire safety and hoax calling.
In Year 9, students develop their understanding of democracy, government and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. They will use and apply their knowledge and understanding whilst developing skills to research and interrogate evidence, debate and evaluate viewpoints, present reasoned arguments and take informed action. Time will be taken to reflect on their achievements and strengths in all areas of life, to develop ways of making informed choices and assess risks, to demonstrate empathy and assertiveness.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10, 11)
In Year 10 students learn about the factors affecting the society in which they live. They are introduced to Enterprise Education and Work Experience. They will cover topics including National Identity, Social Harmony, Vandalism, Finance and Building Healthy Relationships, Legal and Human Rights, Social Networking sites, Accepting Differences and Teenage Pregnancy. Sessions are delivered through a mixture of lesson-based activities and talks from outside speakers and well as the practical experience of Enterprise culminating in the Christmas Fair and Work Experience.
In Year 12 Citizenship lessons are fortnightly and begin with ice-breaker activities organised by the Year 13 senior students. Then we cover study skills and extra-curricular, before visiting Dorking Halls for a presentation on road safety from Surrey Fire and Rescue. Next come sessions on the government ‘Prevent’ strategy to combat radicalisation and organ donation. Further topics are the British political system, alcohol and addiction, food safety and hygiene, personal finance and debating skills. There are also careers talks for students, UCAS is explained and students begin writing their personal statements.
In Year 13 Citizenship lessons also occur every two weeks and the year begins with a focus on UCAS, including a talk on student finance. Road safety is covered again, students are tutored on interview technique and given guidance on stress management and revision tips. Other topics covered are crime and punishment, mental health, tax and pensions, globalisation, tolerance and living away from home amongst other things.