What is Citizenship?

Citizenship equips young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in public life. Citizenship encourages them to take an interest in topical and controversial issues and to engage in discussion and debate. Pupils learn about their rights, responsibilities, duties and freedoms and about laws, justice and democracy. They learn to take part in decision-making and different forms of action. They are encouraged to play an active role in the life of their schools, neighbourhoods, communities and wider society as active and global citizens.

Why teach Citizenship?

Citizenship supports and enhances our school’s values. It encourages respect for different national, religious and ethnic identities. It equips pupils to engage critically with and explore diverse ideas, beliefs, cultures and identities and the values we share as citizens in the UK. Pupils begin to understand how society has changed and is changing in the UK, Europe and the wider world.

Citizenship at Tong

Citizenship is taught through a series of ‘drop down’ days and through assembly and tutorial themes. We cover topics relating to social justice, human rights, community cohesion and global interdependence. We encourage pupils to challenge injustice, inequalities and discrimination and respond to current issues. We also cover some of the key themes relating to PSHCE and Careers. Citizenship enhances and supports our schools ethos and values.

Citizenship is key part of the way our school responds to current, sometimes controversial issues such as internet safety, CSE, mental health and radicalisation.

Transition Phase: Years 7 and 8

In Year 7 and 8 pupils cover a variety of topics relating to Citizenship and PSHCE. The topics covered include personal identity, working with others, tolerance, law, democracy, careers, homophobia, racism and healthy lifestyles including and drugs education. We also engage with a variety of outside agencies including, for example, ‘Prison Me No way’.

Years 9, 10 and 11

In Years 9, 10 and 11 pupils will address key issues of relevance to our students including topics around racism, anti-extremism, SRE and drugs education. We also work closely with a variety of outside agencies to support our delivery of topics relating to SRE, Careers, anti-racism, anti-extremism and drugs education.

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