What is Citizenship?
Citizenship is a new compulsory subject in Secondary
Education in England and Wales. It aims to help young people relate to,
understand and contribute to the communities they live in. The webiste focuses on nine
- Rights and Responsibilities
- Local Democracy
- Community Action
- Government and Parliament
- Global Community
- EU, UN and Commonwealth
What will it do for my children?
Through Citizenship it is hoped that young people will gain
a wider sense of their rights and responsibilities, they will better understand
their links to the communities they live in, and they will have a stronger
sense of how they can contribute - how to make their views count.
How can I be involved?
There are many ways that you can support this learning,
depending on your individual circumstances. One of the most valuable, and least
time consuming, is to listen to what your child says about any issues such as
news stories, local events, family or friendship disputes. Young people can
often have strong opinions and it can be useful to allow these to be heard,
perhaps offering counter arguments to help them think through their opinions.
You may not agree with what they say, but a good starting point is to accept
that they have a valid point of view and treat it with respect. Other ways of being involved include reading the same books
as your child and discussing them, and becoming involved with school and
Where can I find out more?
Visit the Department for Education and Skills Citizenship
website at: http://www.dfes.gov.uk/citizenship/ This includes parents' information pages and extensive
links. Contact you child's school for information about their Citizenship projects.
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