Citizenship and Character

At Tudor Grange Solihull we believe high-quality citizenship education helps to provide students with the 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. Teachers will equip pupils with the skills and knowledge to explore political and social issues critically, to weigh evidence, debate and make reasoned arguments. We will also prepare pupils to take their place in society as responsible citizens, manage their money well and make sound financial decisions.

Aims

Our aims follow those of the national curriculum, which states all pupils will:

  • acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of how the United Kingdom is governed, its political system and how citizens participate actively in its democratic systems of government
  • develop a sound knowledge and understanding of the role of law and the justice system in our society and how laws are shaped and enforced
  • develop an interest in, and commitment to, participation in volunteering as well as other forms of responsible activity, that they will take with them into adulthood
  • are equipped with the skills to think critically and debate political questions, to enable them to manage their money on a day-to-day basis, and plan for future financial needs.

Further aims

  • We strive to develop pupils’ character and equip them with the required knowledge and understanding to enable them to flourish in society.
  • Lessons will promote an investigative mindset and encourage students to tackle ethical and moral issues in a balanced and respectful way.
  • Students should develop the ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to apply this, not just in school, but in the wider community.

Subject content

  • the development of the political system of democratic government in the United Kingdom, including the roles of citizens, Parliament and the monarch
  • the operation of Parliament, including voting and elections, and the role of political parties
  • the precious liberties enjoyed by the citizens of the United Kingdom
  • the nature of rules and laws and the justice system, including the role of the police and the operation of courts and tribunals
  • the roles played by public institutions and voluntary groups in society, and the ways in which citizens work together to improve their communities, including opportunities to participate in school-based activities
  • the functions and uses of money, the importance and practice of budgeting, and managing risk

In year 8 we also have a focus on social issues of the day, such as, equality, prejudice and discrimination in order to provide students with the skills and knowledge to critically engage with the key political and social issues of our time. This has the Tudor Values embedded throughout so that our students are given the chance to thrive both in lessons, in the school community and in the wider community.