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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 main areas:
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Identity
  • Local Democracy
  • Community Action
  • Conflict
  • Crime
  • Government and Parliament
  • Media
  • 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 community projects.

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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