The STAR curriculum equips young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in public life. The STAR curriculum comprises of STAR lessons in year 7 and 8, along with STAR days scheduled throughout the year. The curriculum encourages pupils to take an interest in local and national issues. The curriculum covers fundamental British values which teaches them about their rights, responsibilities, duties and freedoms and about laws, justice and democracy. Pupils are encouraged to learn to take part in decision-making and different forms of action. They are encouraged to play an active role in the life of their schools, neighbourhoods, communities and wider society as active and global citizens.
The STAR curriculum aims to support and enhance our academy’s STAR values. it encourages respect for different national, religious and ethnic identities. It equips pupils to engage critically with and explore diverse ideas, beliefs, cultures and identities and the British values we share as citizens in the UK. Pupils will begin to understand how society has changed and is changing in the UK, Europe and the wider world. The curriculum covers personal, social and health education as well as careers.
STAR is taught through a series of ‘drop down’ days and through assembly and tutorial themes, as well as timetabled lessons in year 7 and 8. We cover topics relating to social justice, human rights, community cohesion and global interdependence. We encourage pupils to challenge injustice, inequalities and discrimination and respond to current issues.
STAR is a key part of the way our academy responds to current, sometimes controversial issues such as internet safety, CSE, mental health and radicalisation.
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This subject is not formally examined at either Key Stage 3 or Key Stage 4.
Pupils are able to take part in a wide variety of civic projects and community service opportunities. Pupils receive valuable advice and information from outside agencies, which have been carefully selected to complement and enhance the Citizenship curriculum.