Citizenship - Blythe Bridge High School & Sixth Form
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Citizenship

In Citizenship, at Bilbrook CE Middle, we intend to provide pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding to help and prepare them to play a full and active part in society. We aim to foster pupils’ keen awareness and understanding of democracy, government and how laws are made and upheld. Within Citizenship lessons we intend to equip pupils with the skills and knowledge to explore political and social issues critically, to weigh evidence, debate and make reasoned arguments.
The implementation of the Citizenship curriculum is through the ‘Votes for Schools’ programme which address SMSC development including British Values through a range of topical issues and current affairs within society.

The impact is that children leave Bilbrook CE Middle School prepared to take their place in society as responsible citizens, they are equipped with the skills to think critically and debate political questions.

Why is Citizenship important?

A high-quality citizenship education helps to provide pupils with knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society. In particular, citizenship education should foster pupils’ keen awareness and understanding of democracy, government and how laws are made and upheld. Teaching should equip pupils with the skills and knowledge to explore political and social issues critically, to weigh evidence, debate and make reasoned arguments. It should also prepare pupils to take their place in society as responsible citizens, manage their money well and make sound financial decisions.

 

Citizenship benefits pupils as they:

  • 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.