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What tools can we use to challenge injustice in our communities? (Complete scheme of work)

Key stage 4 (ages 14-16) • Active Citizenship • Core Curriculum

What tools can we use to challenge injustice in our communities?

About this scheme of work
This scheme of work uses a diverse range of in-depth case studies and simulations to develop studentsʼ understanding of how and why people challenge injustice in their communities. It has been designed for delivery early in Year 10, in preparation for active citizenship later in Key Stage 4. It forms part of our model core curriculum which is exclusively available to School and College Members.

Students begin by exploring the meaning of speaking truth to power and the use of speeches to challenge injustice. They investigate the approaches used by successful grassroots campaigns and take part in a town hall meeting simulation. They find out how individuals and groups can bring about change at a national level by campaigning for changes to the law, and explore why some human rights defenders in other countries risk their lives for justice. In the  final two lessons, students identify the most appropriate tools for challenging injustice in different scenarios and produce their own campaign plan.

National curriculum links
Provide pupils with knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society; foster keen awareness and understanding of democracy, government and how laws are made and upheld; equip pupils with the skills and knowledge to explore political and social issues critically;  the different ways in which a citizen can contribute to the improvement of their community… as well as other forms of responsible activity

Citizenship skills
Active participation, representing views to others, collaborative working, informing othersʼ opinions, communication, representing othersʼ views, political  literacy, evaluation, negotiation, making judgements, analysis, decision-making, tolerance, planning, investigation

Citizenship concepts
Advocacy, change, power, justice, fairness, raising awareness, rights, equal opportunities, discrimination, making a difference, ethics, respect, law, freedom, conflict, community cohesion

Building progression
This scheme of work is part of ACTʼs model core curriculum for Citizenship in secondary schools, which has been designed to develop and deepen studentsʼ knowledge, skills and understanding throughout Key Stages 3 and 4. Other units linked to this Year 10 scheme of work include:

Year 7: What role can I play in making our school a fairer place?

Year 9: Community volunteers or social media influencers – who has the most power and influence? (Coming soon)

Year 10: Who really has the power to make change? (Coming soon)

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