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Cirencester Deer Park School

Cirencester Deer Park School

Global Citizenship

Citizenship is all about you and the role you play in the world. It is about your rights and responsibilities, your actions and decisions and the impact you can have on the right here and right now. In Global Citizenship you will be asked your point of view on a variety of issues, questioned on your opinion on various issues and encouraged to use your voice!

Through PSHEe (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. We help pupils learn how to stay healthy, safe and prepared for life and work. In Key Stage 3, pupils cover PSHEe within their Citizenship lessons. In Key Stage 4, pupils have one PSHEe lesson a fortnight.

Find out about each Key Stage in Global Citizenship:

KS3 Citizenship (and PSHEe)

At Key Stage 3 pupils are introduced to their role as Global Citizens. Pupils investigate what it means to be a part of the global community as well as the role they play as an individual. Concepts such as identity and belonging as well as similarities and differences between cultures are explored before evaluating whether or not we really are members of a global village. As a result, Year 7 pupils will participate in a group task called Phoenix Park. The purpose of this activity is to provide pupils will an understanding of how a local community functions. Pupils will go through the process of planning a recreational park which will require them to understand how the local council works and how as individuals they can contribute to their local community. They will develop their citizenship skills to put together a campaign to develop waste land. Next the pupils will look at PSHEe issues based around puberty, healthy living, bullying and homophobic language. Then there is a return to Citizenship to underpin the reasons for Community Cohesion through the enforcement of laws.

Year 8 launches with Careers Education and the Decision Making process. Pupils will explore Anti-social behaviour looking at issues related to Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs. In Year 8 pupils will look at Pressure Groups, understanding the difference between direct and indirect action and there will be an opportunity for them to be Active Citizens. Pupils will explore Crime and Punishment in the UK and debate a key issue that of the criminal age of responsibility. 

At the start of Year 9 pupils follow a short Careers Education unit of study to get them thinking about post 16 options and, indirectly, their subject pathway. Firstly, they will discover the post 16 options available to them, followed by researching their ideal job and finally they will learn that jobs fall into families. Then, we cover PSHEe in the form of Relationships and Sexual Health alongside mental wellbeing. Year 9 pupils will return to Citizenship programme and are introduced to Democracy and the role of Parliament in the UK; detailed study of how laws are passed and MPs are elected will help pupils gain a greater understanding of how this country is run – who knows perhaps the future Prime Minister is in Year 9! Furthermore, they will learn about the Electoral System as future voters.

Pupils in Key Stage 3 receive at least two lessons from our Schoolbeat officer, PC Davis. Currently, Year 7 are on Grooming and Drugs, including alcohol, Year 8 on Sexting and Exploitation and then, Year 9 on County Lines and Domestic Violence.

KS4 PSHEe and Citizenship

Whilst in Key Stage 3, pupils cover PSHEe within their Citizenship lessons, in Key Stage 4 they have one separate PSHEe lesson a fortnight. In Year 11, after the majority of pupils have sat the GCSE RP Short Course in Year 10, all pupils follow a Citizenship programme of study which includes Media, Human Rights, Politics and Punishment. This provides the pupils with an understanding of these issues on a local, national and international level. It is an excellent foundation for post 16 courses. The pupils are rotated around the different members of the team.