Citizenship

Citizenship can best be described as a general introductory, but academic social science/humanities subject and combines the study of civics, society, law, politics, economics and can include elements of sociology.

Personal Citizenship, also referred in many schools as PSHE includes personal, social, health and economic education and consists of personal wellbeing and financial capability themes.

At the Anglo European School we deliver Citizenship through a combination of:

Discrete provision with separate curriculum time, whole school, year group and class suspended timetabled activities with outside speakers and agencies, cross curricular projects with several departments, opportunities for active citizenship in participation in school and wider community activities. The Citizenship Department includes provision for personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education. The Department also works closely with our colleagues in Careers and Enterprise Education.

Citizenship is one of the five pillars that underpin the ethos of the Anglo European School and the broad and balanced curriculum offer.  Our Citizenship curriculum is designed to develop informed and knowledgeable young people who are clear about their place in the modern world.  They will develop cultural, political and financial literacy and are prepared to confidently play a role as informed citizens Students will develop knowledge and understanding of how to make a positive impact in their communities and the world as well as for their own personal and economic wellbeing.  We wish for students to develop their citizenship knowledge in a personal, local, national and international context in line with the international ethos of the school.  As students’ progress through their Citizenship programme, we intend for them to develop a solid understanding of key subject concepts. 

The curriculum is also designed to support further education in related academic fields including politics, economics, law, sociology and philosophy.  Our students should be encouraged to make sense of a complex world and their role within it.  As a broad subject in itself, Citizenship education promotes cross curricular understanding so that students can better understand the purpose of what they are learning.

The Citizenship curriculum is implemented through discreet lessons at all levels of learning.  The curriculum is designed to ensure progression to learning about more complex concepts as students progress through their school career.  Citizenship is planned to ensure that learning focusses on personal citizenship (incorporating personal, social, health and economic education, the new statutory Relationship and Sex Education, the new statutory Health Education and work related learning to the Gatsby benchmarks).  Citizenship is also taught through studying challenging contemporary subject areas related to life in modern Britain, rights & responsibilities, the law and politics.  The third key aspect of learning in Citizenship is to apply learning.  At all levels, students will have numerous opportunities to apply what they learn in the classroom in an active way.  This could be in the form of (but not limited to) our annual Giving Nation fundraiser, Model United Nations, personal reflective projects or the investigation project (part of the GCSE course).  Students are assessed in Citizenship through academic style assessments and through reflections on their activities.  At Key Stage 4, students will either complete the Diploma or the GCSE.  Both pathways offer high quality, challenging and memorable learning opportunities.  The Citizenship Department runs and supports a wide range of extra-curricular clubs and initiatives within the school.

Our Citizenship curriculum has been designed to add a unique dimension to the education of our students.  After studying Citizenship (regardless of level) we will see high quality reflections and evaluations of learning opportunities.  Students will be able to make the link between what they have studied and the impact that it has or can have on their future.  Students will be secure in who they are, knowledgeable about keeping themselves and others safe and understand the role that they can play in their local community, country and the world.  GCSE results will reflect the quality of learning (as they do presently) and students progressing to further education level will be well informed by their studies in Citizenship that will form an important foundation for study in the subjects that naturally progress from Citizenship.  The Citizenship curriculum also contributes significantly to the National Baccalaureate for England.  Passing the diploma or GCSE at the end of Key Stage 4 is essential to matriculate into the 6th form.

The team is led and managed by the Head of Department, Mr Hills. The Head of Department has overall responsibility for all key stages and for the vision and ethos of the department, for curriculum development and staff development needs.  Miss Gooding supports in the running of the department by taking responsibility for the personal citizenship programme.

The Citizenship Department is staffed by a team of well-qualified and specialist teachers and a number of dedicated teachers who teach Citizenship in addition to their main subject through choice.

To contact us or to send work in please email enquiries@aesessex.co.uk for the attention of the Citizenship Department.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE IN THIS SUBJECT:

Debate Society:

Takes place every Day 3 and Day 8 (Wednesdays) between 3.45pm and 4.30pm in B1. This club is open to all pupils in Years 7-11. Sixth Form students are welcome, however, there is a debating group held regularly for Sixth Form. The Debate Society will decide on a topic of debate based on a current issue. A motion is proposed, pupils will divide and a debate will be held in an orderly manor with a chair overseeing the debate and selecting speakers.  This club has also taken part in a number of visits in recent years, including to Downing Street and the Essex Youth Parliament public speaking day.

United Nations Youth Association Club:

Takes place every other Tuesday run by members of our Sixth Form to help students explore the United Nations.  Participants are encouraged to understand the different offices of the UN including UNICEF and UNHCR.  This helps students to develop their understanding of what the UN does but also their understanding of current international issues.

Felsted Model United Nations:

Every year, a CAS team from the Anglo Sixth Form will send a team of delegates to the two day Felsted Model United Nations conference.  Preparation takes place during CAS hours and participants will normally be part of the Lower Sixth International CAS team.  The team will then run the Anglo Model United Nations in the summer term for Year 10.

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