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Hilbre High School Humanities College

Hilbre High School
Humanities College

Citizenship and PSHE

Developing Global Citizens of the 21st Century:
As part of Hilbre High School’s over-arching goal to make our students global citizens of the 21st Century, our aim is to specifically develop our students’ social and moral responsibility, political literacy and community involvement. We do this by not only teaching them in the traditional sense about symbols and structures of life and our democratic system, but also by developing their skills of debating, listening, thinking, research and leadership.

Citizenship is an integral part of life here at Hilbre High School, in all subjects and outside formal lessons. Many of our students already spend their own time working to improve the lives of other people in their community and we aim to give every student the chance to do this and get credit for it. We want to harness the generosity and energy we find in our students and put it to good use.

Key Stage 3

During Years 7 and 8 we study each of the six Citizenship themes:

  • Identity and Diversity

  • Europe and the Commonweath

  • Environmental Issues

  • Government and Democracy

  • Human Rights

  • Law and the Justice System

Students are encouraged to develop an understanding of their rights and responsibilities in school, at home, in their local communities and in a wider national and international context. They discover the work of their local council, Parliament, the European Union, the Commonwealth and the United Nations.  They will begin to discuss topical issues and learn how to use the news media to get a balanced view of local, national and world events.  Each unit also includes an element of practical application of Citizenship, for example participating in a Mock General Election, a Mock Trial, and running an Environmental Awareness Campaign.

In Year 9, the students apply everything they have learned in Years 7 and 8 in order to run their own 'Active Citizenship Campaign'.  They study what it means to be an active citizen, examine different ways of participating as an active citizen, as well as being introduced to some basic Research Methods and critical analysis of information.  They then work in groups to identify a local or global issue which they feel requires change, they run a campaign and present the outcomes to the rest of their class. 

Key Stage 4

In Years 10 and 11 Citizenship is delivered together with statutory Religious Education as part of the 'Philosophy and Ethics through Film' programme.  Each term students study a different film, analysing the Citizenship, Philosophical and Ethical issues raised.  For example, in Year 10 we study Apartheid, prejudice, discrimination, racism, equality, forgiveness and reconciliation through the film 'Invictus' which deals with the end of Apartheid and Nelson Mandela's election as president of South Africa.