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Citizenship Department

Citizenship helps pupils to become informed, critical, active citizens who have the confidence and conviction to work collaboratively, take action and try to make a difference in their communities and the wider world

Students at St George’s will encounter citizenship issues across their whole range of subjects and Personal, Social, Health Education. However, in Key Stage 3 and 4 they also have dedicated Citizenship lessons in which they will develop the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to become active participants in the life of the school, the local community and our rapidly changing wider world. As a microcosm of that world, St George’s is made up of diverse national, religious and ethnic identities. In Citizenship lessons, students explore different ideas, beliefs and cultures, as well as finding out, for example, about legal and political systems and the role of the media. Students look at topical issues and, through discussion and debate, examine their own values and those of other people.


KS3

In Year 7, students build on their knowledge of world religions, as a means to understanding different cultures and beliefs. They visit the Rome Mosque and Synagogue and also La Storta Cathedral. 

In Year 8, knowledge of different religions becomes a ‘springboard’ for exploring broader issues, such as rights of passage and growing up, education, attitudes to marriage and death, social justice and discrimination.  Students are encouraged to get involved in activities such as the ‘Bridges to Africa’ sponsored walk.

In Year 9, students explore rights and responsibilities within society.  They look at documents such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They find out about political conflict and how conflict can be resolved.  Students focus on the lives and work of key figures such as Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King.


KS4

In Year 10 and Year 11, students examine issues related to the economy, health, animal rights and labour laws, with a particular focus on the food industry.  Students are also introduced to the workings of the UN and they develop skills that are necessary if they wish to take part in the Model United Nations.  For example, they will research a particular country, write   resolutions and position papers, debate and lobby.  They research the role of various non-governmental organisations, and they look at the function of the European Court of Human Rights and the International Criminal Court.

For more information, please contact Helen Wilford, Head of Citizenship.

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