Citizenship is an essential new element in the National Curriculum which sets out to help pupils develop a full understanding of their roles and responsibilities as citizens in a modern democracy. As defined by programmes of study, Citizenship covers a very broad body of knowledge, from the workings of local and national government, the courts and the European Union, to the significance of the media, the functioning of the economy, and the diversity of identities in the United Kingdom. Citizenship is not just about being knowledgeable citizens, but gives equal prominence to the developing the ability to think about issues, and to justifying and discussing them, as well as to actively participating in the community, both in school and beyond.
Much of the content of citizenship is already covered by subjects such as English, RE, History, Geography and PSHE as well as in Assembly and, in common with many other schools, we have decided to build on this to create a cross-curricular approach. As a result, Citizenship will be taught through a range of subjects and Assemblies. There are many opportunities for boys to contribute to the communal life of the School. The School Council is the prime case in point but the many extra-curricular events and activities also provide a breadth of coverage, and students are encouraged to participate at all levels.