Citizenship lessons at Enfield Grammar School encourage students to understand how to become active Citizens of Enfield, the UK and world. Topics include a study of the society we live in, an understanding of British values, the workings of the UK political system and the legal structure of the UK. We delve into issues surrounding democracy, the rule of law, multiculturalism, individual liberty and equality.
Skills taught include how to create an effective campaign, debating skills and presentation skills. Written essays are evaluative and teach students how to communicate an argument coherently and critically.
Throughout the year, we also pause teaching the citizenship curriculum and focus on Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE). PSHE education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain.
The Department has consistently produced excellent results at GCSE and is a popular choice for boys when picking their GCSEs. A variety of field trips are offered, and trips to Parliament and the Supreme Court have been particularly popular in the past.
- Introduction to Citizenship
- Conflict and the UN
- PSHE – Puberty
- Political Parties and campaigning
- What do we mean by identity?
- Rights responsibility and the law
- Influencing decision makers
- PSHE – Relationships and sex education – managing risk
- What is the role of the media and the free press?
- The UK And international relations
- PSHE – Drugs, alcohol and the impact on the body
- Democracy in the UK
- Taking action and campaigning
- Criminal justice reform
- PSHE – Relationships and sex education – identity and staying safe
- Student and national finance
Non-assessed Citizenship and PSHE – this is not a GCSE subject and is compulsory for all students
- The Law and Young People
- PSHE – Positive Relationships
- PSHE – Personal hygiene, staying safe during COVID and Vaccination debates
- Study skills – how to revise
- PSHE – Staying fit and healthy eating
- PSHE – Maintaining good Mental Health
- Drugs – the impact on society
- The police, your rights and the law
- Life skills – interviews and CV writing
- PSHE – Relationships and sex education – keeping safe
Optional GCSE Citizenship. This is distinct from PSHE. It is a GCSE option and assessed by AQA. Students study the course throughout year 10 and year 11 and sit two papers at the end of year 11.
Paper 2 Section A: Life In Modern Britain
- Principles and Values underpinning British society
- What do we mean by identity?
- Role of the media and free press
- UK’s role in international organisations e.g. UN, EU, Commonwealth, NATO, WTO
- How citizens can make a difference
Paper 2 Section B: Rights & Responsibilities
- What laws does a society need and why?
- Fairness, justice, discrimination, universal rights
- What are a citizen’s rights and responsibilities within the legal system? Police, judiciary, legal representatives, age of criminal responsibility etc.
- How law has developed over time and how it deals with criminals and protects citizens
- How do citizens bring about change
Paper 1 Section A: Active Citizenship
- Making a difference in society
- Bringing about political change
- Bringing about change in the legal system
Paper 1 Section A: Your Investigation
‘What Is It?’ The methods and actions and impact of citizens bringing about a change.
‘You Will’ – Investigate any part of the course and take action aimed at delivering a change.
- Decide the issue or question
- Carry out primary and secondary research
- Planning the action- Contact a person in power, writing a proposal for a new law.
- Taking the action
- Assess the impact
Paper 1 Section B: Politics & Participation
- Where does political power reside in the UK and how is it controlled?
- Different types of democracy
- British constitution institutions
- Powers of local and devolved government
- Political power and the citizens, parliament and government.
- How do others govern themselves? Non democratic societies
- How can citizens bring about political change?