Citizenship forms part of the National Curriculum statutory orders for Key Stage 3 and 4.
Citizenship Education gives children the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in society at local, national and international levels. It helps children to become informed, thoughtful and responsible global citizens who are aware of their duties and rights. The Programme of Study includes the following:
- The development of the political system of democratic government in the United Kingdom, including the roles of citizens, Parliament and the Monarchy.
- The operation of Parliament, including voting and elections, and the role of political parties.
- The precious liberties enjoyed by the citizens of the United Kingdom.
- The nature of rules and laws and the justice system, including the role of the police and the operation of courts and tribunals.
- The roles played by public institutions and voluntary groups in society, and the ways in which citizens work together to improve their communities, including opportunities to participate in school-based activities.
- The functions and uses of money, the importance and practice of budgeting, and managing risk.