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Citizenship education enables young people to contribute to society on a political, legal and economic level by helping them acquire the day-to-day knowledge they will use throughout their lives. It examines the ways in which they can be good citizens and make a valuable contribution to society in a local, national and global way. It also prepares young people for the challenges and opportunities of adult life and helps build confidence and self-esteem. We can examine citizenship locally, nationally and globally:

  • Local Citizenship — examines citizenship on a personal and community level. It involves issues dealing with identity, family, school and relationships as well local projects in your community. It is about empowering people to make decisions and to take responsibility personally and locally and encourages people to take an interest in the welfare of others on a community-wide level.
  • National Citizenship — involves taking an interest in your country’s politics, democracy, justice, economy and legal system and how they impact on the lives of all citizens. It is a great way to introduce students to some of the larger social issues such as crime, housing, pollution and health care.
  • Global Citizenship — this develops an understanding of how the world works politically, economically, culturally, technologically and environmentally. It promotes respect for justice and looks at ways we can all have a positive influence on the world.

Citizenship covers four main areas: politics, economics, justice and the environment. These four topics can be examined locally, nationally and globally:

  • Politics
    • Local — local politics, local council & town hall, local services
    • National — the role of the government, parliament, the House of Commons etc
    • Global — the political institutions of the world, international relations etc
  • Economics
    • Local — the market and system that affects local residents and businesses within the local community
    • National — the money, industry and trade of the country and how it operates
    • Global — includes the international exchange of goods and services worldwide
  • Justice
    • Local — the local magistrates courts, police service and other law courts
    • National — the central justice system, national police and prison service
    • Global — the International Court of Justice and international rules, treaties and agreements, including extradition treaties
  • The Environment
    • Local — local land management, waste disposal, air/noise pollution, litter campaigns
    • National — public health, urban sprawl, overpopulation, loss of biodiversity
    • Global — global warming, endangered species, protection of land and seas, ozone depletion

Downloadable Citizenship Resources for Schools

Citizenship Lesson Plans

[Lesson Plan thumbnail] After COVID-19 — Economics

After COVID-19 — Economics

This lesson plan deals with the economical effects of COVID-19, furlough schemes and employment issues during the lockdown.

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Citizenship Topics for Schools

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Citizenship Support for Schools

We publish digital citizenship resources to support schools by providing help and guidance in an educational format. Our resource packs give the information in a way that informs as well as educates.

Citizenship Support for Teachers

Our citizenship resources for teachers include citizenship resource packs that cover a variety of topics as well as our lesson plans on citizenship.

Citizenship Support for Students

Teaching students about citizenship is important. Our aim is to produce resource packs that provide information and knowledge of citizenship.

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