Citizenship is the study of British society; how it functions legally, politically and economically. It looks at what pupils need to know to play a full part in society as active and responsible citizens and the moral dilemmas this can pose.
Through our varied and exciting programmes of study, pupils learn about human rights; how the law is made and administered; the role of parliament and pressure groups in developing new laws; elections (both national and local); the role of government and private citizens in the economy; and the role of the UK on the global stage.
At Oakham we offer pupils the opportunity to study Citizenship through to GCSE, with the Politics, Economics and Business A-level and International Baccalaureate courses offering ideal extensions of the subject post-16.
In the Lower School, Citizenship is blended with the PSHE curriculum and delivered through Form Time to all pupils; lessons when pupils meet in form groups to discuss relevant issues. A particular highlight is when Form 2 pupils travel to London to visit Westminster to gain first-hand experience about the institutions that run the country.
In Form 3 Citizenship focuses on Human Rights, especially equality, with a strong focus on developing research and writing skills. This is then supported by looking at the role of law within a community; how laws are made and administered.
Citizenship at GCSE is a popular choice, with one of the most engaging elements of the course being the opportunity to research an issue in depth then campaign for a change to people who can really make a difference. They need to be able to work effectively in teams over a number of weeks; to be able to interview adults they may never have met before; then deliver presentations to large audiences. Although a steep learning curve, students take on this challenge with great enthusiasm.