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Reading Girls' School

Reading Girls' School


It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.’ Aristotle (384-322 BC)    ‘Good government is no substitute for self-government.’ Mohandas K. Gandhi


Head of department/faculty: Mrs N Ockerby

Introduction to Course 

A high-quality citizenship education helps to provide pupils with knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society. In particular, citizenship education should foster pupils’ keen awareness and understanding of democracy, government and how laws are made and upheld. Teaching should equip pupils with the skills and knowledge to explore political and social issues critically, to weigh evidence, debate and make reasoned arguments. It should also prepare pupils to take their place in society as responsible citizens, manage their money well and make sound financial decisions.

Studying Citizenship will allow your daughter to develop the following skills:

  • use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts, opinion and bias, build arguments and make informed judgements
  • develop the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to take action with others, in order to address citizenship issues in their communities.

Subject content KS4

Students at GCSE will:

  • engage with topical citizenship issues and contribute to debates on challenges facing society involving a wide range of political, social and ethical ideas, issues and problems in different contexts (local to global)
  • develop and apply understanding of key citizenship concepts (justice, democracy, rights and responsibilities, identities and diversity) to deepen their understanding of society and how communities change over time

Students study:

  • Life in modern Britain, including the values of British society, identity, the free press and UK's role in key international organisations
  • Rights and Responsibilities looking at laws in society, the legal system and human rights.
  • Politics and participation; studying political power within the UK, local government and political change.
  • Being Active citizens; students use their gained skills and knowledge to make a difference in a project they plan and organise.

Exam board KS4: AQA GCSE Citizenship studies 8100

Typical lesson activities

Students are taught using a range of literacy, mathematical, research and debate skills.

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