Citizenship develops the capacity of young people to participate positively and effectively in society. It increases their ability to make informed and responsible decisions as citizens throughout their lives. Citizenship also seeks to foster in pupils a sense of belonging to various types of community, the family, school community, local community, the European community and the global community and their role in these.
Young people are encouraged to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of the extent of diversity and change within society whilst challenging and extending their perception of themselves and others. They are also challenged to accept that we all have a responsibility toward those with greater needs than us, both locally and on the global stage.
Opportunities to focus on this element should help pupils to:
- respect the equal rights of others;
- recognise the interdependence of people, communities and the environment;
- negotiate and compromise;
- influence change;
- contribute to the welfare of the school, the community and the environment.
Pupils spend half of the year, over two lessons per week, studying Citizenship and half studying Employability.