Citizenship

Mr S Askham, Key Stage 4 Citizenship Leader

askhams@wellandparkacademy.com

Miss R Firth, Key Stage 3 Citizenship Leader - firthr@wellandparkacademy.com

Citizenship enables students to develop knowledge, skills and understanding to become informed, active and responsible members of local, national and global communities. It also incorporates Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE), which looks at issues relating to the individual (such as health, RSE, finance and careers). The curriculum follows the statuary guidelines recommended by the DFE.

All students have one Citizenship lesson a week, which is taught by their Form Tutor. However, it is also promoted and delivered in assemblies, enrichment days/activities and events outside of lessons and throughout subject areas.
 

The Citizenship programme aims to enable students to:
 

  • develop self-awareness, positive self-esteem and confidence

  • develop a healthy lifestyle

  • learn to keep themselves and others safe

  • develop effective relationships

  • learn to respect the differences between people

  • develop independence and responsibility

  • play an active role as a member of society and become a good citizen

  • make the most of their abilities

  • reflect on their experiences

  • plan for the future
     

Assessment in Citizenship takes a variety of forms. students self-assess their own skills and attributes. There are also quizzes and knowledge checking activities embedded into lessons to assess student engagement and understanding.

Students are encouraged to express their views and opinions throughout Citizenship lessons. As part of our commitment to student welfare, we highlight the importance of reporting any inappropriate behaviour such as sexual harassment or bullying. This can be reported through the student’s form tutor, pastoral support, or through emailing our dedicated safeguarding team: safe@wellandparkacademy.com

Careers Provision

As part of the Citizenship programme, students are prepared for the world of work from Year 7.  We have been fortunate to receive the Gold Career Mark Award for our programme of study and follow the Gatsby 8 guidelines. We work closely with LLEP and LEBC. The skills the students develop in lessons, allow them to develop the confidence to make well-informed choices for their career path.

All students will receive a 1 to 1 interview with a qualified careers advisor during their studies. In addition, they will receive the opportunity in Years 9 and 11 to participate in interview days. These are facilitated by members of the local community, alongside local business employers.

We also run a bi-annual careers fair for Years 10 and 11, broadening their awareness of Post-16 options.

Visits and Opportunities

Throughout our 5-year Citizenship provision, we offer students many opportunities to engage with the ‘wider world’. These include many visits, including:

  • Year 9: Houses of Parliament

  • Year 10/11: Work Experience Placements with LEBC, Mock Trial Competition

  • Year 11: Visits to local Universities and Colleges

We are looking to expand this provision in the future.

Throughout the year, we also host many external speakers to enhance our Citizenship provision, most recently these have included:

  • Leicestershire Police

  • The Warning Zone

  • Speaker from the Houses of Parliament

  • Animal Aid Talk

  • Bank of England Treasurer

  • Ed Flack from WizeUp Education

  • Tom Robson from Kooth

  • ASK Apprenticeships

  • local Post-16 providers

Further guidance and support for students can be found on the following websites:

www.kooth.com

www.chillpanda.co.uk

www.saferinternet.org.uk

www.nspcc.org.uk

www.samaritans.org or call 116 123

www.happymaps.co.uk

www.headspace.com

www.childline.org.uk or call 0800 1111