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Whole school policies

Policies to support the Citizenship curriculum, culture and community of schools and colleges

Citizenship and whole school policies

Schools with outstanding provision consider and plan for Citizenship in the curriculum as a subject but also think beyond this. They consider the role of Citizenship education in: the school culture and ethos; the way pupils are involved in the life and decision-making of the schools and activities that promote pupil voice the context of relationships between the school and the wider community; and the opportunities for pupils to practice active citizenship in real community based contexts.

This is sometimes known as the 3C’s approach to Citizenship education which recognises that Citizenship education affects the curriculum, culture and community of schools and colleges.

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Evidence for Citizenship provision is in planned ‘Citizenship’ lessons but also in: lessons across the curriculum that enable pupils to work together; wider opportunities for pupils to cooperate in teams and groups; wider opportunities that give pupils the chance to volunteer both in school and in the community; systems of behaviour that promote respect and tolerance. Ofsted (2022).