Bury Church of England High School has a humanities specialist status by effectively developing an outstanding citizenship curriculum at Key Stage 3, using a well considered integrated humanities approach.
Citizenship was originally taught by form tutors for a one hour session, once a fortnight, alongside personal, social and health education (PSHE). This was considered inadequate practice by senior management and using the school’s specialist humanities college status to spearhead developments, an integrated approach to citizenship education was born.
The New Approach
The humanities specialist subjects of citizenship, geography, history and RE all contribute to the delivery of citizenship by working collectively to provide an integrated and co-dependent programme at Key Stage 3. An overview of the approach can be viewed here and the curriculum map can be viewed here. On ‘stop the clock’ days, the normal school timetable is suspended and each year group focuses on one of the citizenship or PSHE themes. Staff are organised into specialist teams to ensure high quality delivery of each theme and all the materials are posted on the school’s Learning Platform one week prior to the event, for staff to access.
Citizenship themes include:
Being British: government and politics, voting and elections, laws, justice, anti-social behaviour, human rights, celebrating cultural diversity within the UK.
Global Citizenship: sustainable development, fair trade, international aid agencies, environmental concerns, terrorism and extremism.
Active Citizenship: active projects within the school and the local community, and global issues. The citizenship days are well supported by the humanities teachers who share skills, knowledge and understanding. Each specialist subject provides a discreet learning environment which interlinks with each of the other humanities subjects to ensure that students develop broad conceptual knowledge and understanding which can be applied to their active citizenship.