Citizenship and British Values
The purpose of Citizenship education at HASU is to equip our students with the knowledge and experiences they need to live happy and fulfilling adult lives and to fully take their place in our local, national and international community.
We have carefully sequenced our Citizenship curriculum around six themes:
- Human Rights (through the Rights Respecting Schools Award)
- British values
- Media & ideas
- Making change
Collectively, these six themes address the requirements of the Citizenship National Curriculum, but also go further in developing our students’ preparedness for life in modern Britain and their social, moral, spiritual and cultural growth.
Core British Values are identified as:
- The rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect and tolerance
Through our Citizenship curriculum, all students are inducted into these values and learn about them, their histories, and students’ own role in championing them in order to build a better society.
The core Citizenship curriculum is implemented through one 30 minute tutor time session per week, from Year 7 to Year 9. Students across the academy study the same themes each year in spiralling complexity. These sessions teach the core knowledge, and allow students to develop their oracy skills, and promote critical thinking throughout.
In Year 10, students continue to study Citizenship once a fortnight, alternating each week with the Key Stage 4 Religion, Philosophy and Ethics programme. This follows the same themes as Key Stage 3.
In Year 11, students continue to study Citizenship through tutor time and follow a carefully planned curriculum that builds upon the foundations laid in Years 7 to 10, and continues to prepare students for their lives as young adults in modern Britain and their studies at Post-16 and beyond.
The curriculum is further developed and enhanced through the Academy’s assembly programme, our drop down IID Days and wider initiatives and strategies implemented within academy life.
Once the Citizenship lessons on each theme have been completed, students are set a quiz via Satchel One to test their knowledge and understanding. This allows us to have confidence in students' understanding.