Top Valley Academy takes a creative approach to Citizenship,
delivering it through a mixture of cross curricular work, dedicated
subject time and both subject specific and themed drop down days.
There is a strong overlap between Citizenship and our SMSC
Through the study of Citizenship, students develop an
understanding of democracy, government and the rights and
responsibilities of citizens. Students 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.
Students learn 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
- the nature of rules and laws and the justice system, including
the role of the police and the operation of courts and
- 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
Drop Down Days
The drop down days will fall under three broad themes and within
each of these, students across key stage 3 and key stage 4 will
study a range of topics:
- Designing a country
- The election process
- The suffragettes
- Government for a day
Rights and Responsibilities
- Human rights
- Social action
- Holding a mock trial
- Community contribution and volunteering
Law and Finance
- Household budgeting
- The economy
- Prison Me No Way
- Civil Law and Criminal Law
Through the key stage 3 curriculum, students will
- An introduction to Citizenship and what Britishness means
- The political system of democratic government in the United
- Suffragette movement
- Parliament and the monarch
- The roles of political parties
- Ingredients needed for a fair, civilised and organised
- The nature of rules and laws to maintain law and order,
creating a safe society
- The justice system
- The work of voluntary groups that support today's society
- Benefits and challenges of living in multicultural Britain
- Gang culture
Citizenship at key stage 4
At KS4, students have the opportunity to study GCSE Citizenship
studies, which aims to give students the skills and knowledge to
help them better understand society. Citizenship students
gain an understanding of the areas of law, politics and economics
that affect everyday life.
At Top Valley Academy, we follow the OCR specification, which
covers four units:
Unit A341: Rights and Responsibilities - Getting Started
as an Active Citizen.
This unit is assessed through a school-based assignment in which
students are required to develop a citizenship campaign designed to
influence others to either bring about change or resist unwanted
change. This unit is usually completed during the autumn and
spring term of year 10.
Unit A342: Identity, Democracy and Justice - Understanding
our Role as Citizens.
Unit A343: Rights and Responsibilities - Extending our
Knowledge and Understanding.
Both units are assessed by two one hour examinations taken in
the summer of year 11. Students usually cover the topics of
these units during the autumn and summer term of year 10.
Unit A344: Identity, Democracy and Justice - Leading the
Way as an Active Citizen.
This unit is assessed by a controlled assessment. This is
a school-based assignment in two parts:
a) Citizenship enquiry based on a selection of source materials
in a booklet supplied by the exam board and
b) Practical citizenship action based around gender, race,
ethnicity, culture, age or disability.
For the enquiry, students are required to research the issue
provided and respond to one of three viewpoints. For the
practical citizenship action, students must plan, take and submit a
written evaluation of their chosen action. This unit is
usually completed during the autumn term of year 11.