Subject Vision

Hodge Hill Girls' School is proud to develop our pupils as citizens who are aware of their responsibilities locally, nationally and globally. This is achieved through a programme of assemblies, the school ethos and the curriculum.  Through citizenship lessons we aim for the students to gain an understanding of the world around them and how to become a successful member of the community. We encourage students to understand about current affairs such as elections or the EU and to participate in healthy debates that allow students to not only express their own opinion but to give them a platform to understand how other opinions may differ and how this can impact people in every day life. We aim to prepare students to be able to make decision as they grow older such as how to vote or how to get involved in community projects, whilst looking at key British values.


Curriculum Plan

Students are taught citizenship throughout the PSHCE curriculum. Beginning in year 7 by looking at road safety and continue all the way through to year 11, where they look at becoming independent citizens. As a school we want to encourage students to develop this sense of being a good citizen even further, we do this in year 8 by allowing them to extend their knowledge of some core citizenship topics by branching away from PSHCE lesson to have a standalone lesson as well.
 In this year they start to look at some of the main topics that will help them progress through the subject and give them the basics they need to not only understand how to participate in the community safely but to also build knowledge blocks if they wish to continue it for a GCSE subject.


The three topics taught are:


Law and Order
Government
Identity and freedoms.

Students have a main assessment at the end of each topic that is teacher assessed. Whilst completing each topic they will do small assessments in class that are peer or self-assessed to help check there understanding of the topic.
From beginning the subject in year 8 it results in a high number of students then wanting to take citizenship as a GCSE. For the past two years alone, which have had 60 students opt from the year group to take it at GCSE level, proving one of the most popular option subjects. Students who are opiniated, like evidence based work or enjoy learning about current affairs should consider GCSE citizenship as well as those who are thinking of studying any of the below in college or sixth form should take citizenship as a GCSE to help aid these courses:


Psychology
Criminology
Sociology
Law
Politics
History


Years 10 and 11 - GCSE Citizenship

In Years 10 and 11 pupils can chose to study the OCR specification for GCSE Citizenship. This course builds on students knowledge from year 8 and expands it, to the wider world not just the local community. Citizenship allows students to learn a range of different skills that cross easily into other subjects such as any humanities courses and English. 
The course content will be assessed across all 3 exam papers. The suggested topic order is as follows (the topics are listed however refer to the main scheme of work for the precise content)
 

 

Y10

Y11

 

AUTUMN A

 

7 weeks

Week 1: Introduction to the course

Remainder of the term:

The British Constitution (including the history of human rights)

The economy, finance and money

 

Identity and diversity in UK society

AUTUMN B

 

7 weeks

 

 

Rights and Responsibilities including legal rights and aspects of The Law (The legal system - England and Wales)

 

 

Identity and diversity in UK society continued

 

Politics beyond the UK

Y11 mock exams

SPRING A

 

7 weeks

The Law (The legal system - England and Wales) continued

 

Start Citizenship Practical Action

 

Politics beyond the UK continued

The UK and its relations with the wider world

 

SPRING B

 

6 weeks

 

 

Democracy, elections and voting in the UK

 

Citizenship Practical Action continued

 

Revisiting key topics

Exam technique, past papers and revision

SUMMER A

 

5 weeks

 

National local, regional and devolved government continued

 

Citizenship participation in the UK

 

 

Revision – exam TBC

SUMMER B

 

7 weeks

 

The role of the media and free press

 

Y10 exams

Revision – exam TBC

 

Assessment

Students will have end of topic tests that will be assessed by the teacher. They will also complete peer and self-assessment through out each topic to check there understanding. Students will also take mock exams in year 11 to give them an opportunity to experience how the papers work and to highlight any areas they are under/over performing in. 
Outcomes
As a subject we do very well with GCSE grades. In 2020 100% of students gained between 9-4 grade, with nearly 45% gaining between 9-7. This has been consistent over the last 3 years with citizenship being in the top 5 performing subjects in the school. Over the last three years we have also done better than national average in the subject. This shows that not only are students well supported by teachers in this subject, but they also take a keen interest in the topics and can relate it to the world around them.


What next

Citizenship can link to many subjects after GCSE including:
Psychology
Criminology
Sociology
Law
Politics
History
Any students interested in careers in law, politics, medicine, teaching, law and order, journalism and many more will find citizenship a great stepping stone subject for them to take part in.

COVID: DUE TO THE SCHOOL CLOSURES BETWEEN MARCH 2020 – JULY 2020 AND ONGOING GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE, THERE HAVE BEEN SOME SMALL, TEMPORARY ADAPTIONS TO THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM. WE WILL ENDEAVOUR TO RETURN TO A NORMAL CURRICULUM AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND SUPPORT DURING THIS TIME.