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Citizenship – British Values (Secondary)


A very enjoyable six lesson scheme of work which takes students through the concept of “British Values” as outlined by the government. With four lessons dedicated to democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and respect for differences; students are able to articulate the key components of life in modern and democratic Britain. The additional two lessons combine PSHE, History, Geography and Citizenship to explore the fundamental question of how  Britain has changed and its place in the world in the twenty-first century through the lens of key Britons.

Each of the lessons in this scheme of work are fun, interactive, fully resourced and differentiated. This means that teaching this complicated and controversial topic can be consistently applied. You can also rest assured that lessons will be appropriate given that they have been created by current and former teachers of PSHE and Citizenship.

The structure of the scheme of work is:

Lesson 1: What is the democratic law making process in Britain?

This lesson looks at the roles and functions of different governing institutions in the formulation of our laws; including Parliament and government and the role each has in making our laws.

Lesson 2: What is meant by “individual liberty”?

This lesson looks at the concept of “rights and responsibilities” of a citizen in modern Britain. The topics covered include the concepts of free speech, free media and freedom of religion as well as the civic duty of citizens.

Lesson 3: How is the “rule of law” maintained?

This lesson looks at the meaning behind the law and why laws exist, as well as the criminal justice system to outline what happens if these are broken.

Lesson 4: Who makes up modern Britain?

This lesson looks at the contribution of different people and differing cultures and traditions to modern, democratic Britain and the long history of immigration in to this country. This combination of recent history, culture and geography will allow students to see the positive contributions made to our thriving country and the reasons why people decide to come and live here.

Lessons 5 & 6: How has Britain changed?

For the final two lessons, students will put together everything that they have learnt to assess how key Britons have helped to develop and extend our British values and to create a positive representation of how these changes have benefited everybody who lives in Britain.

Why would this politics based Citizenship scheme of work be good for your students?

It has a range of fun, engaging activities in all of the lessons.

All of the lessons are differentiated to cater for a range of abilities.

Lesson plans are detailed and have supporting resources.

The lessons and resources are easy to share with a number of colleagues in your school.

The lessons are excellent for providing SMSC, PSHE, Citizenship and British values education for your students.