What is citizenship?
Citizenship is described by education charity Young Citizens as involving:
'people working together to make positive differences to the society in which they live – locally, nationally and globally. This process is good for individuals, and essential for strengthening and safeguarding our society and democratic way of life.'
Although citizenship is a subject in itself, the knowledge, skills and understanding relating to citizenship are developed through many other areas of the curriculum, particularly in PSHE.
Is citizenship part of the National Curriculum?
Although the teaching of citizenship is not statutory until key stage 3, the DFE have provided some non-statutory guidance for schools teaching key stages 1 and 2. This guidance outlines some of the knowledge, skills and understanding that can be developed through citizenship.
Is citizenship taught at St Anne’s?
As part of planning our whole curriculum, we have considered how important it is to develop young people as citizens. For this reason, we draw connections across our curriculum to identify how we provide our pupils with opportunities to develop as citizens. To see how citizenship is weaved into many areas of our school curriculum, explore the Citizenship at St Anne’s document found at the end of this page.
By threading citizenship across the curriculum, this allows our youngest pupils to establish some foundations in what citizenship is and how they each play a role in the society we live in.
We know that our pupils must develop as confident citizens who are able to function and contribute within society. We want our pupils to work well alongside all others, enjoying the benefits of participation within local, national and global communities. To achieve this, we ensure that citizenship contributes to our pupils' spiritual, moral, vocational, social and cultural development.