Mere passive citizenship is not enough. Men must be aggressive for what is wrong.Robert la Folette (1855–1925) american politician

The success of democracy depends, in the end, on the reliability of the judgments we citizens make, and hence upon our capacity and determination to weigh arguments and evidence rationally.Irving m. copi (1917–2002) american philosopher

You are a citizen, and citizenship carries responsibilities.Paul Collier (1953–) English professor of economics and author the bottom billion: why the poorest countries are failing and what can be done about itt

Citizenship is the study of British society; how it functions legally, politically and economically. It looks at what pupils need to know to play a full part in society as active and responsible citizens and the moral dilemmas this can pose.

Through our varied and exciting programmes of study, pupils learn about human rights; how the law is made and administered; the role of parliament and pressure groups in developing new laws; elections (both national and local); the role of government and private citizens in the economy; and the role of the UK on the global stage.

At Oakham we offer pupils the opportunity to study Citizenship through to GCSE, with the Politics, Economics and Business A-level and International Baccalaureate courses offering ideal extensions of the subject post-16.

In the Lower School, Citizenship is blended with the PSHE curriculum and delivered through Form Time to all pupils; lessons when pupils meet in form groups to discuss relevant issues. A particular highlight is when Form 2 pupils travel to London to visit Westminster to gain first-hand experience about the institutions that run the country.

In Form 3 Citizenship focuses on Human Rights, especially equality, with a strong focus on developing research and writing skills. This is then supported by looking at the role of law within a community; how laws are made and administered.

Citizenship at GCSE is a popular choice, with one of the most engaging elements of the course being the opportunity to research an issue in depth then campaign for a change to people who can really make a difference. They need to be able to work effectively in teams over a number of weeks; to be able to interview adults they may never have met before; then deliver presentations to large audiences. Although a steep learning curve, students take on this challenge with great enthusiasm.

Vivienne Lamb

Head of Citizenship