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Mrs J Stevens                                                                                                         
Citizenship Teacher Miss J Keen
Miss S Mannan 

Citizenship enables students to become active, independent and responsible members of society. They will be taught how society is organised and governed and about rights and responsibilities. They learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society.

Citizenship study throughout KS3 and KS4 will enable the deepening understanding of the development the following skills and knowledge:

Knowledge and understanding





Students studying Citizenship at Knole Academy at KS3 and KS4 and later Politics at KS5 are:

KNOWLEDGEABLE about the world around them. Teachers impart knowledge about the curriculum in a way that enables students to fully absorb the complexities of how the world around them is organised.

Teachers are NURTURING towards their students and in turn encourage students to nurture one another and appreciate others viewpoints and perspectives. Students are shown the value of NURTURING the world around them by taking in an active interest in how the world is organised.

Students and teachers alike have an OPEN-MINDED approach to understanding the views of others. This is emphasised by an appreciation of the value in learning about others experiences. An OPEN-MIND of listening and balancing conflicting views without preconceptions is a vital skill in order to understand the beliefs of others.

A LOCAL and GLOBAL perspective is employed in looking at what Politics and Citizenship means to different groups of citizens, whether that is politics in a very local Sevenoaks context, in national politics or a global scale by studying the political systems of another country in depth or transnational global institutions such as the EU and UN.

All students and staff are EXCELLENCE driven. We believe that every student should be able to fulfil their potential to be the best person they can be. They do this by immersing themselves in knowledge and understanding about the world around them and apply their knowledge to feel empowered to take their place in the world and make a positive contribution.

Key Stage 3

In year 7 pupils explore Rules, Fairness, Rights and Responsibilities, including why we need rules and the delicate balance between rights and responsibilities. We then move onto identity and communities and look at questions such as living together and how we can all get along.

Finally in Year 7 we look at liberty and freedom and the extent to which these are necessary in a liberal democracy

In Year 8 we build on our work in Year 7 and investigate more practical issues which are relevant to students increasing maturity and independence. We look at managing money and how to be a clever consumer and understanding impactions of borrowing and debt. We then move onto looking at laws and the justice system with an emphasis on the youth justice system using case studies to understand the processes and options available for sentencing. Finally in Year 8 students will work on a small independent project to identify an issue in their local community that could be improved by taking citizen action and researching, planning and implementing how this could be achieved.

Year 9 is all about Parliamentary Democracy where we will be looking at the history of parliament as well as contemporary issues such as political parties and how we are represented. Students will gain an understanding of how laws are made and how the government works and how the local MP works to represent the views and interests of their constituents.

Throughout KS3 depending on circumstances and restrictions there may be opportunities for guest speakers such as local councillors and magistrates as well as visits to places such as the Crown Court and Houses of Parliament.

Key Stage 4

The AQA syllabus is followed for GCSE.

Citizenship studies investigates how the citizen is enabled by society to play a full and active part and how citizens are empowered to effect change within society. Citizenship understanding develops through the knowledge of how society operates and functions and its underlying values.

General Description

Citizenship allows students to develop knowledge and understanding of the role of citizenship in relation to current issues that impact on modern society, engaging them with what it means to be an active citizen and preparing them for their next steps in today’s global world.

Course of Study

Life in Modern Britain

Rights and Responsibility

Politics and Participation

Citizenship Action


There will be two exams at the end of Year 11, both exams are 1 hour and 45 minutes long and carry equal weight. The questions are a mix of multiple choice, short answer, source based questions and extended answers.

In addition to this there is a course requirement for students to either individually or as part of a group complete a citizenship action which is defined as addressing a citizenship issue or question of concern to deliver a change or benefit for a particular community or wider society. The knowledge and understanding gained from the implementation of the project will be tested in one of the papers.

Assessment Information

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