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Citizenship

At St Matthias Park we aim to provide students with a full understanding of their communities, both locally and nationally as well as a better understanding of the world around them. It is important that our pupils view themselves as members of society and, as a result of this, can behave appropriately in terms of their duties, functions and obligations as a citizen.

Key Stage 3

At this level, pupils have the opportunity to develop their understanding of democracy, government and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. Pupils will use and apply their knowledge and understanding while developing skills to research and interrogate evidence, debate and evaluate viewpoints, present reasoned arguments and take informed action.

Pupils should be taught about:

  • the development of the political system of democratic government in the United Kingdom, including the roles of citizens, Parliament and the monarch
  • the operation of Parliament, including voting and elections, and the role of political parties
  • the precious liberties enjoyed by the citizens of the United Kingdom
  • the nature of rules and laws and the justice system, including the role of the police and the operation of courts and tribunals
  • the roles played by public institutions and voluntary groups in society, and the ways in which citizens work together to improve their communities, including opportunities to participate in school-based activities
  • the functions and uses of money, the importance and practice of budgeting, and managing risk

Key Stage 4

Students will work towards the OCR accredited GCSE citizenship qualification. This qualification introduces students to key citizenship issues and will help them to develop a practical understanding of what it means to be a citizen today. They will acquire the knowledge and skills necessarily to think critically and play a positive role in public life.

The subject content is split into four key sections:

Section 1: Rights, the law and the legal system in England and Wales
Section 2: Democracy and government
Section 3: The UK and the wider world
Section 4: Citizenship Action

Students will have the opportunity to re-enforce their subject knowledge with the chance to stand on the Bristol Youth Parliament as well as a possible visit to the Palace of Westminster in London.