Home Page

Taunton Deane

Partnership College

Working in partnership with our schools


Taunton Deane Partnership College

Citizenship Overview 2023/2024


Key Stage 3-4



Citizenship education at the TDPC seeks to provide students with knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society. We aim to encourage, develop and promote a greater awareness and understanding of democracy, government and how laws are made and upheld. This helps prepare our students to take their place in society as responsible, well-rounded and well-informed active citizens. For our learners it is vital they are supported on their journey to help them become informed and responsible citizens.


Student engagement in the classroom not only covers the core components of the syllabus but also helps build contextual layers from a foundation level for our learners whose own experiences have significant gaps. In addition, a further aim is to broaden their knowledge of the society they live in whilst encouraging them to have the confidence to challenge viewpoints and the narrative of their own environment.


The syllabus and nature of citizenship provides opportunities to introduce key vocabulary. Our intent is to build learners communication skills by increasing not only their vocabulary but also their ability to develop well balanced arguments. Cross curricular links include the opportunity to develop speaking and listening skills to support their work in English.



Many of the young people who attend the TDPC have had a disrupted learning journey and may find formal, classroom-based academic learning challenging, with this in mind students are taught in small groups with activities and work differentiated to ensure all learning styles, needs and abilities are met. To achieve our ambitions, we use differentiated questioning and resources as well as creating individual learning programmes for those who will benefit from additional support. We aim to develop students' knowledge in:


Life in Modern Britain

Rights and Responsibilities

Politics and Participation


These will be augmented by the use of debates and discussion, we will seek to challenge some embedded misconceptions and some students will be given the opportunity to visit a Crown Court and the Houses of Parliament, to build a wider knowledge of the legal system and democracy to help our learners understand where political power resides and how government is devolved to a local level. The use of primary sources to help reinforce the principles and values in British society will include engagement with local businesses and talks by individuals.


In Year 11 students will be encouraged to sit the Citizenship GCSE exam in the Summer Term and there will be lessons and extended sessions focusing on exam techniques.



The impact will be measured in a number of ways, including a successful GCSE outcomes, softer skills such as increased self-esteem and confidence and a wider understanding of society, students will be able to evidence their learning through AQA awards. Introducing learners to positive role models will help challenge attitudes and behaviours encouraging learners to make a difference in modern British society. We encourage our students to enjoy and value the curriculum we deliver. We want learners to discuss, reflect and appreciate the impact citizenship has on not just their learning, but also their behaviour, aspirations, relationships with others, development and well-being. We feel the way we implement citizenship helps children understand the skills and values they need to succeed in life, upon which they can continue to build on in their next stage of education and beyond.

SubjectAutumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
KS3 Citizenship

Living together in the UK


British values and democracy How have communities developed in the UK? What is identity? What are democratic values and where do they come from? How does local democracy work?

Human Rights Rights and Responsibilities


Human Rights Introduction to human rights What laws does a society require and why? What are citizens’ rights and responsibilities within the legal system?

How laws are made


How has the law developed over time and how does the law protect the citizen and deal with criminals? How do others govern them-selves? What is the law for and how does it affect us? How does the justice system work? Is crime increasing in society?

What is Democracy?


How is the UK governed through politics and participations Who runs the country? How does Parliament work? How is power shared between Westminster and the devolved administrations? How does government manage public money?

The media, investigation and scrutiny


What is the role of the media and free press?

Developing research skills


Taking citizenship action Investigation; Taking the action and assessing the impact of the action.

KS4 Citizenship

How the law works


What laws does a society require and why? What are a citizen’s rights and responsibilities within the legal system?

Human rights, political rights, legal rights


Politics and Participation Where does political power reside in UK? Link to how citizens play a part in changing the legal system

Democracy at work in the UK


Rights and responsibilities What are the universal human rights and how do we protect them? Life in Modern Britain Where does political power reside: with the citizen, parliament or government?

UK Government and politics


How does Parliament work? How is power shared between Westminster and the devolved administrations? How does government manage public money? Link to how citizens try to bring about political change. What is the UK’s role in key international organisations?

Y11 Revision Power and influence


What power and influence can citizens have? What role and influence should the media have? Does the UK have power and influence in the wider world

Y11 Revision and GCSE


Taking Citizenship action Taking citizenship action Investigation; Deciding the question or issue and starting the initial research. Link to how citizens make their voice heard.