Citizenship Department

The Citizenship department at Cressex Community School aims to ensure that all students experience a broad and engaging curriculum of study, so that they may all be active and engaged citizens in the United Kingdom.  In the turbulent modern times that our students grow up in we are consistently reinforcing the belief in our core values of democracy, tolerance, diversity, freedom and equality. We feel that the promotion of these values will allow our students to understand how modern nations develop and flourish.  Throughout all topics the teaching staff provide an unbiased approach and enable the students to come to their own personal points of view.

In Year 7 students study 3 topics; Identity and Community; UK Government and Parliament; Human Rights around the World.  Through these topics pupils will consider their own identity and their role in the community, both local and global.  Students will consider what is meant by the term ‘Britishness’ and explore factors that contribute to our diverse society.  Pupils will study the democratic system in the UK including the voting system and the role of MPs in democracy.  Finally pupils will then consider whether everyone in the world has Human Rights through the use of case studies.

In Year 8 students study 3 topics; Global Citizenship; Media and democracy; EU, UN and Commonwealth.  Through these topics students will consider the role of the UK in the global community and consider the precious liberties that are enjoyed by the citizens of the UK. Pupils will study the use of media in democracy and debate freedom of press.  Pupils will also learn about the functions and uses of money, the importance and practice of budgeting whilst considering how the Government raises and spends money.

In Year 9 students study 3 topics; Youth Crime; Debating controversial and topical issues; Active Citizenship.  Pupils will learn about the nature of rules and laws in the UK justice system including the role of the police and courts.  Through Active Citizenship pupils will consider the roles played by public institutions and voluntary groups in society and the ways in which citizens can work together to improve their communities.  Pupils will debate topical and controversial issues to foster an interest in both local and global issues.

At GCSE pupils will prepare for the OCR GCSE Citizenship Studies. GCSE Citizenship is split up into four units, with each unit complementing and building upon the work of the other three units. 

In Year 10 students will study Unit 1: Rights and Responsibilities- Getting Started as an Active Citizen.  Pupils will learn about the moral and legal rights in the UK; Human Rights in conflict; Community cohesion in the UK; Global Citizenship Issues.  This unit is worth 30% of the GCSE and is assessed in school in controlled conditions.  Pupils will also study Unit 2: Identity, Democracy and Justice- Understanding our Role as Citizens.  This unit is worth 20% of the GCSE and is assessed in a 1 hour final exam.  Examples of topics that will be studied are: Values of Britain; Diversity in the UK; Role of the police, courts and CPS; Role of the UK Parliament; Democracy and Voting; The Free Press; The UK’s global role.

In Year 11 students will study Unit 3: Rights and Responsibilities- Extending our knowledge and understanding of topics.  This unit is worth 20% of the GCSE and is assessed in a 1 hour final exam. Examples of topics that will be studied are: Rights and responsibilities at school and in the local community; Rights and responsibility within the economy and welfare systems; Rights and responsibilities as Global Citizens.  Pupils will also study Unit 4: Identity, Democracy and Justice- Leading the Way as an Active Citizen.  This unit is worth 30% of the GCSE and is assessed in school in controlled conditions.  Topics studied include; Identity and community cohesion in the UK; Understanding the legal and justice system; Extending our knowledge of democracy and voting.