Although the entirety of the curriculum at Olive High incorporates the ideas of SMSC, there is a specific focus on these as part of the Citizenship curriculum. As active citizens of British society pupils are taught the importance of showing mutual respect, accepting and celebrating differences and similarities, adhering to the principles of non-violence and living in accordance with human rights and democracy. Democracies need active, informed and responsible citizens; citizens who are willing and able to take responsibility for themselves and their communities and contribute to the political process. Furthermore democracies depend upon citizens who, among other things, are:
- · aware of their rights and responsibilities as citizens;
- · informed about the social and political world;
- · concerned about the welfare of others;
- · articulate in their opinions and arguments;
- · capable of having an influence on the world;
- · active in their communities;
- · Responsible in how they act as citizens.
These capacities do not develop unaided. They have to be learnt. While a certain amount of citizenship may be picked up through ordinary experience in the home or at work, it can never in itself be sufficient to equip citizens for the sort of active role required of them in today's complex and diverse society. This is the reason why at Olive High there is a strong emphasis on Citizenship not just as a subject on its own but as the underlying ethos of our school. Through the Citizenship curriculum pupils will be able to conduct themselves within and outside of school as responsible, social, moral, just, and active citizens.
Pupils will be entitled to 1 lesson of Citizenship per week, this accounts for a total of 1 hour per week.