At Loxford, Citizenship belies the very ethos and vision of the school. Loxford is committed to:
- Building the sense of self-value in the individual;
- Enabling all students to express their ideas;
- Developing students’ understanding of their inner and external worlds;
- Preparing all students for independence and security in their adult lives.
Through Citizenship education our students are able to develop the skills of enquiry and communication, participation and responsible action. Citizenship promotes students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and provides opportunities to practise the key skills of communication, application of number, IT, improving one’s own learning and performance and problem solving.
How we are delivering Citizenship in our school?
At Loxford, we are able to highlight (see diagram) key Citizenship elements within the day to day routines of the school. The use of subject ambassadors and prefects help guide other pupils ensuring inclusion for all. Pupils use various skills to reflect within each of their lessons. The extended homework project allows for pupils to work independently and prepare them for life outside of school. Our international links and commitments with other schools enhance and promote positive relationships. The very ethos of the school aims to prepare pupils with the skills they need for their future lives.
Citizenship at Loxford allows us to promote inclusion by:
- Setting suitable learning challenges for all students
- Responding to students’ diverse learning needs and
- Overcoming potential barriers to learning and assessment for individuals and groups of students. (As set out in the QCA Citizenship NC document.)
Citizenship in practice
During the summer term, Citizenship lessons are delivered to all Key stage 3 pupils during their usual R.E lessons. Pupils cover a range of inspiring lessons all aimed to enable them to become informed citizens. Over the 6 weeks, pupils will cover the following units:
Year 7 – Introduction to Citizenship
Year 8 – Crime
Year 9 – The Economy
As well as this, pupils in year 8 are encouraged to complete an extended homework project through our virtual e learning (Fronter). Pupils are able to complete this over a 6 month period which enables them to understand the importance and demands of independent study.
Many of the key Citizenship elements are also covered within the PSCHE curriculum.
Our aim is help Loxford students develop skills of responsible action and become informed citizens.