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Citizenship

Life Skills at Madani Girls School is a developmental programme of learning through which young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. The department aims to make a significant contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, their behaviour and safety and the school’s statutory responsibility to promote pupils’ wellbeing. 

Life Skills equips pupils with the knowledge, understanding, skills and strategies required to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing. An important component of Life Skills is providing opportunities for young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future. 

Life Skills contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.

Concepts

• Identity (their personal qualities, attitudes, skills, attributes and achievements and what influences these)

• Relationships (including different types and in different settings) 

• A healthy (including physically, emotionally and socially) balanced lifestyle (including within relationships, work-life, exercise and rest, spending and saving and diet)

• Risk (to be managed rather than simply avoided) and safety (including behaviour and strategies in different settings)

• Diversity and equality (in all its forms)

• Rights, responsibilities (including fairness and justice) and consent (in different contexts)

• Change (as something to be managed) and resilience (the skills, strategies and ‘inner resources’ we can draw on when faced with challenging change or circumstance)

• Power (how it is used and encountered in a variety of contexts including persuasion, bullying, negotiation and ‘win-win’ outcomes)

• Career (including enterprise and economic understanding).

Staff

Miss Maimona Khan

Key stage 3

In Years 7-9, the young people have 1 lesson a week of Life Skills. The main topic areas covered include:

: Changes in Power & Government

: Bullying – Resolving Conflict

: Rights of Education

: Healthy Eating

: Hygiene

: Active Citizenship

: Citizens Rights

: Media Literacy

: Drugs, Smoking and Alcohol

: Budgeting

: Knife Crime

: Careers/Options for GCSE 

Key stage 4


All students at Madani Girl School study Citizenship at GCSE. GCSE in Citizenship Studies aims to enable students to:

: engage with topical citizenship issues and contribute to debates on challenges facing society involving a wide range of political, social and ethical ideas, issues and problems in different contexts (local to global)

: develop and apply understanding of key citizenship concepts (justice, democracy, rights and responsibilities, identities and diversity) to deepen their understanding of society and how communities change over time

: use an enquiring, critical approach to distinguish facts, opinion and bias, build arguments and make informed judgements develop the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to take action with others, in order to address citizenship issues in their communities.

The course allows young people to understand your place in Britain and the world and how you can make a change to society. Students will study the following issues:

Year 10

Theme A Living Together in the UK

How have communities developed in the UK?

What is identity?

What are democratic values and where do they come from?

How does local democracy work?

Theme B: Democracy at work in the UK

Who runs the country?

How does Parliament work?

How is power shared between Westminster and the devolved administrations?

How does government manage public money?

Theme C: Law and justice

What is the law for and how does it affect us?

How does the justice system work?

Is crime increasing in society?

Theme D: Power and influence

What power and influence can citizens have?

What role and influence should the media have?

Does the UK have power and influence in the wider world?

Theme E: Taking citizenship action

1 Identify an issue, form a team and carry out initial research

2 Undertake primary research

3 Represent their own and different points of view

4 Plan the action

5 Apply skills of collaboration, negotiation and influence as they deliver the activity

6 Critically evaluate their learning and the impact of the action

Y10 Citizenship GCSE Specification

Year 11

Theme 1 Rights and Responsibilities

Communities/Diversity in Britain

Migration.

Identities.

Political, Human and Legal Rights.

Consumer Rights.

Employers and Employees Rights.

Theme 2 Power Politics and the Media

How the media influences public debate.

Civil and criminal law.

The criminal justice system.

How laws are made and shaped.

The work of parliament, government and the courts.

Theme 3. The Global Community.

The environment.

Sustainable Development.

The economy, including the raising and spending of public money.

The voluntary sector.

The UK‘s role in the world, Including the EU, Commonwealth and the UN

Y11 Citizenship GCSE Specification

How can I help my Son/Daughter?

Media Encourage your child to watch the news and read newspapers

Communicate – Have conversations at home about current affairs

Volunteer Promote supporting local charities and extra school activities

Citizenship Map of Learning 2016/2017

Year 7 Life Skills Teaching Schedule
Year 8 Life Skills Teaching Schedule
Year 9 Life Skills Teaching Schedule
Year 10 Citizenship Teaching Schedule
Year 11 Citizenship Teaching Schedule

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