Falinge Park High School
Opening Doors; Unlocking Potential
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead
Compelling Learning in Citizenship
In Citizenship we want pupils to actively engage with issues that will affect them and their local community. We want to enable them to make their own decisions and to take responsibility for their own lives and the communities in which they live. We support pupils as they actively complete enquiries into issues important to their local community and their own lives. We enable pupils to make a positive contribution by helping them to develop the expertise and experience needed to claim their rights and understand their responsibilities.
My Ideal School: How can we build an inclusive school?
Year 7 will begin their Citizenship investigation at their most local community their school. They will look at a different aspect of their school and be asked to undertake investigations. The suggested topics include investigating how inclusive or sustainable our school is. They will then be asked to question those responsible and report back about their findings. We will also ask them to demonstrate a representation of school life for pupils joining us in the future.
Local Politics- Who represents us locally?
Pupils will undertake an enquiry looking at what democracy looks like at the local level. They will investigate the tough decisions the council has to take as they face government spending cuts. They will lobby the council to prioritise a local service as they make their decisions about the 2017 budget.
Local Citizenship campaign- How can I make an effective change in my community?
Year 9 will be given the task to make a change in their local community. They will be responsible for deciding, researching and completing an enquiry to help them make a difference in their local community. They will then be asked to reflect on their campaign and evaluate where they could make a further change in the future.
Global Issue: How democratic was the decision to leave the EU?
Inspired by a pupil here at Falinge Park, we will investigate the recent decision to leave the European Union. They will examine the impact the EU has had on Britain and evaluate how democratic the decision was. Many of our pupils have made statements that they felt it unfair they were excluded from having a say, something we will investigate with them. They will then lobby local MPs and others in a position of power to help them scrutinise the decision to leave.
We are developing a number of enrichment activities within Citizenship. We want pupils to be able to engage with guest speakers and to engage them in a dialogue of change. There will be a number of opportunities for pupils to go out in the community in pupil-lead campaigns to make a change in the community.