All students receive a high-quality citizenship education that helps to provide them with knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society. In particular, citizenship education aims to foster students’ keen awareness and understanding of democracy, government and how laws are made and upheld. Students are equipped with the 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 well and make sound financial decisions.
Citizenship is taught to students through their PSHE education (you can see where by accessing the curriculum overview for each year group here), but citizenship also embodies the ethos of everyday life at Huntington School. Students are encouraged to play an active role in the school, through the student council and many other roles that students can play in the running, decision-making and tracking of school life and progress. During lessons students are regularly provided with opportunities to consider the views of others, weigh evidence and articulate reasoned responses.
We also offer the GCSE in Citizenship to students who would like to learn about the subject in more detail.
Through our teaching of citizenship we promote fundamental British values as part of students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development. You can find out more about SMSC here.
We are currently undertaking the Quality Standard award developed by the Association for Citizenship Teaching to demonstrate that we are delivering high quality Citizenship teaching and learning.