Faculty of Applied Learning - Citizenship

Citizenship / Student Voice

Education for Citizenship:

 1) Equips young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in public life.

 2) Encourages them to take an interest in topical and controversial issues and to engage in discussion and debate.

 3) Teaches pupils about their rights, responsibilities, duties and freedoms and about laws, justice and democracy.

 4) Teaches students to take part in decision making and different forms of action.

 5) Gives students the opportunity to play an active role in the life of their schools, neighbourhoods, communities and wider society as active and global citizens.

 For further information on students entitlement Click Here

Citizenship Programme of Study DfE  - Click Here 

Student Voice. Make Yourself Heard - Click Here

Student Voice - To view News, Events, Tutor Rep Meeting Minutes and Academy Council Minutes Click Here 


Beat Bullying Week was 16th 20th November 2015
Anti Bullying week is an annual UK event which aims to raise awareness of bullying of children and young people, in schools and elsewhere and to highlight ways of preventing and responding to it.
HACA have been supporting Anti Bullying Week by raising awareness of intimidation, what it looks like, how to prevent it,  and how people can get help if needed.

Beat Bullying wrist bands and badges have been on sale in tutor rooms which is a great way to show support and raise some money for the Beat Bullying Charity.

Overall we raised £80 for www.bullying.co.uk

  • £10 helps a bullied child too scared to go to school to talk to our trained advisors online
  • £25 helps train a volunteer call taker, so they can be there for a mum who has just found out her daughter is self-harming
  • £50 pays for a parent, tormented by their violent teenager, to attend a Family Lives support group
  • £5 means four families whose relationships are breaking down can ring our helpline each year
  • £10 funds three face-to-face parenting support sessions for a parent suffering with depression, helping them to cope with family life

Also, Yr11 students created an interactive film for Yr7 Assemblies which explores the issues of Bullying through a choice of their own ending style story and questions and suggestions from the audience. At the end of the film students were asked to text or tweet messages of advice to the main character who was bullied in the film.

Here are some of the best Beat Bullying texts - Click Here - which are great! The students really got involved.

Thank you for your support. 

Same but different

Y7 Alternative Curriculum Day 

Y7 students were recently involved in an alternative day exploring refugees, asylum seekers, community cohesion, tolerance, diversity and respect.

The day centres around an island community that receives a message from an outsider who needs help. Should they accept him? Should they be worried? Should they be happy to help?

The work encompasses Art, English, Drama, History, Geography, Philosophy for Children and Debate; and also addresses many Citizenship and SMSC learning outcomes.

Focus includes the division of Mostar in the Yugoslavian civil war in the 1990s, exploring the current Syrian refugee crisis of 2010s and students forming opinions about their own social attitudes through an imagined community.

As part of the day the students meet Olivier NKunzimana, a refugee from the civil war in the Congo and now an advisor and school work co- ordinator for RETAS LEEDS a refuge charity, hear his story and have the chance to ask questions.

The students wrote diary entries from the point of view of a refugee, and some students created art and drama to show what they were learning.

All students were involved in a celebration of unity at the end of the where the message of ‘Same but Different’ and the importance of ‘building bridges’ between people was demonstrated through Art, Music, Poetry and Presentation.

Examples of work can be found here:

Messages of Hope 

A link to charity involved is here:http://retasleeds.wix.com/retasleeds