Citizenship

xa0e1040 Citizenship is an all-encompassing subject and is considered equally important in terms of subject lessons, cross-curricular and extra-curricular activities.  Lawrence Sheriff School celebrates the integration and achievements of its pupil’s both inside and outside of the classroom and considers Citizenship to be a core factor in these achievements as students are encouraged to take part in their communities.  

Year 7
In Year 7 pupils are taught Citizenship in mixed House groups.  Their lessons are delivered to encourage reflection using a mixture of discussion, role play and research of current British topics. 

Such topics include:

  • Their transition to secondary school and their new community
  • The rights of a UK Citizen
  • Using their rights & responsibilities
  • Being global Citizens – forming an island colony; the banana pricing game; Fair trade policies; tourism
  • The history of the EU, its members and rules
  • The role of a monarch
  • UK politics & the history of Parliament


Comments from pupils in year 7 include:

  • ‘I was interested in the Law topic as it is something I would like to do as a future career plan’
  • ‘It is good to understand how others feel and not to judge them’

Year 8
In Year 8 pupils are taught Citizenship in mixed House groups.  Their lessons are delivered to encourage reflection with empathy through discursive, active engagement by all pupils covering a variety of British topics. 

Such topics include:

  • What is the Law? (Both Civil Law & Criminal Law)
  • The work of a Police Officer – past & present
  • The work of the UK courts
  • Using a role play ‘Sentencing Circle’
  • The role of the media – press freedom & spinning the news
  • Programme scheduling
  • Positive images – challenging stereotypes
  • Refugees & Asylum seekers
  • Human trafficking
  • Using student voice
  • The Emergency Health Services of the NHS


Comments from pupils in year 8 include:

  • ‘Learning about asylum seekers caught my attention’
  • ‘We study valid points for later in life – such as belonging to communities and the effects of the media’

Years 9-11

Pupils in Years 9-11 undertake an audit each year to identify where Citizenship threads occur in their individual lessons.  These are compared to the annual teaching Citizenship audit undertaken by Subject Leaders – to ensure parity and the occurrence of key themes across the curriculum.  Citizenship themes are used as a basis for assemblies as well as part of the tutor programme.  Citizenship is currently delivered within the RE GCSE and the Careers carousal rotation as dedicated timetabled lessons.  

Years 12-13

Pupils in Years 12-13 undertake an audit each year to identify where Citizenship threads occur in their individual lessons.  These are compared to the annual teaching Citizenship audit undertaken by Subject Leaders – to ensure parity and the occurrence of key themes across the curriculum.  Citizenship themes are used as a basis for assemblies as well as part of the tutor programme.  Pupils have a dedicated timetabled lesson, once a week – as part of the PSHE rotation.  Students may also undertake the Extended Project qualification.

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