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Citizenship


“There can be no daily democracy without daily citizenship”

 

Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader is an Arab American political activist of Lebanese origin, as well as an author, lecturer, and attorney

 

 

When students first arrive at St Matthias Park they are given a baseline assessment paper so that the department can find out what the student knows and what they may need to learn during their time here. Although citizenship learning is compulsory in state maintained schools inBritain, the unique make-up of the subject content means that individual students may have had a wide scope of differing exposure of the subject before coming here. Topics such as the law, parliament, fair trade, democracy and fairness, political parties, voting and elections (to name but a few), all have wide and deep angles at which a student may, or may not, have been exposed to in their previous educational settings. Once this important information is established, the department can then tailor an individual learning plan for each student to work to.

 

If your son/daughter is with us in Year 11, they will be required to complete the OCR citizenship GCSE. This qualification is split into 2 components which include a piece of coursework (%60 of final mark) and a 1 hour written exam in the summer (%40).