Citizenship Aims

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

Key Stage 3

At Arden, pupils in Key Stage 3 are taught Citizenship through History, Geography and RE lessons. As well as developing a number of the core values of Citizenship, each subject area delivers a designated Citizenship unit each year.

Topics include:

Year 7

  • Geography: project on redeveloping the school grounds
  • History: lessons on the Magna Carta and the emergence of democracy
  • RE: project: what makes a good citizen?

Year 8

  • Geography: work on migration and the European Union
  • History: work on immigration and the British Empire
  • RE: work on Martin Luther King and Civil Rights in the US

Year 9

  • Geography: work on our 'Unfair World'
  • History: project on the impact of war
  • RE: work on prejudice and discrimination

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, Citizenship is taught through our General Studies programme and the focus is on Political Awareness. We also encourage Citizenship through a broad range of extra-curricular activities.