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Citizenship education in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 aims to help pupils relate to, understand and contribute to the communities they live in. It encourages pupils to take an interest in topical issues and to engage in discussion and debate.
Through Citizenship education it is hoped that pupils will:
Similarly, PSHE aims to equip pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to live healthy, safe and responsible lives. The subject covers a range of relevant topics including lessons in citizenship, social skills, personal safety, life changes and achievements, physical, mental and sexual health, personal wellbeing and about their values and the values of others. The subject educates students on these topics as well as giving them an understanding of how to responsibly challenge prejudice and discrimination and encouraging students to reflect on their own relationships, attributes and contributions to the wider society. The overall aim of PSHE is to ensure our students are able to deal with situations and make informed choices now and in the future.
Following a very successful day last year, we have organised another fun-packed day of different venues/activities to give our pupils opportunities to experience life outside the classroom. The visits also tie in with work studied in Citizenship and other subjects. (read more)
We have set aside Thursday 22nd October as school 'Citizenship Day' to give our pupils an opportunity to actively contribute to the local community and neighbourhood projects through various exciting initiatives.
Citizenship Day is about promoting community cohesion and engagement. It is also about supporting young people to feel valued as contributors and to understand and become more involved in society.
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Last term, our Year 10 and Year 11 pupils participated in the GHLL Intergenerational Dementia Project. The pupils were very fortunate to have many guest speakers to facilitate the project and they learnt a great deal.
As part of the project objective, the pupils will now disseminate the information they have learnt to other students. We will be having an assembly on Monday 7th March 2016 where the girls will be presenting what they have learnt to the rest of the school. We are very much looking forward to inviting our guest speakers back for our assembly.
The overall aim of this project is to work towards the development of dementia friendly communities. The project will raise a greater awareness of dementia and the challenges it brings. We aim to help pupils appreciate the importance and difficulties associated with caring for people with dementia by looking at the significance of dementia on an ageing population and the negative attitudes towards the condition.
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Over the next year the school will begin links with Fair Shares.
Fair Share is a unique organisation that offers young people an opportunity to volunteer their time to helping others in a safe and secure manner.
The young girls at Al-Ashraf Girls School intend to provide support and help to those that need it most. Fair Shares runs multiple projects from DIY, gardening, decorating or any other practical task through its Gloucester Young Peoples Project.
The school has contacted Ashraf and Shelly at Fair Shares and we hope to develop this joint partnership linking in with Schools Citizenship week starting on 19th Oct 2015.
The Government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy and these values have been reiterated by the Prime Minister this year. The DfE has recently reinforced the need ‘to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values.’ (Read more)