What is citizenship education?

Citizenship education promotes the development of knowledge, skills and confidence to enable children to make their own decisions and take responsibility for their own lives and communities. It enables children to explore personal and social values, as well as their peers’, in light of concepts such as diversity, equality, justice and democracy.


At St John’s children are encouraged to:

  • Be respectful of others and their property.
  • Be respectful of school property.
  • Accept each other as individuals and celebrate uniqueness, treat each other fairly.
  • Follow school rules, school values and the British Fundamental Values.
  • Display good character (responsibility, honesty, good listening, kindness)
  • Give back to the school community, (support charities, keep the environment tidy and clean, recycle)



St John’s School aims to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in society. We will support their spiritual, moral, social, emotional and physical development to help them to become more informed, thoughtful and responsible citizens who are aware of their duties and rights. Children will learn how to stay safe and healthy, build & maintain successful relationships and become active citizens, responsibly participating in society. We aim to develop self-confidence, positive views of self and responsibility within school and beyond, encouraging pupils to play a helpful role in the life of the school and the community. We will equip pupils with the skills and knowledge to explore political and social issues critically, to weigh evidence, debate and make reasoned arguments. We will teach all children the skills needed to know when and how to ask for help and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.


At St John’s we aspire for our children to have a deep understanding of our school & British values which are embedded into all areas of work & school life. We will deliver explicit & progressive, high quality lessons in a creative manner to build social responsibility, cultural knowledge, confidence & resilience. Our curriculum will offer age-appropriate knowledge that enables the children to make both academic & personal progress to become responsible, participatory & justice orientated citizens. We will give the children a broad understanding of the skills they need to play a full and successful part in society. Skills will be built upon previous knowledge in order to maximise their development.  We will regularly review our curriculum in order to provide knowledge that is relevant and up-to date.

  • E-safety (Digital Leaders)
  • Assembly inc. celebration assembly
  • Values (school & British) awards
  • A-Stars sustainable travel, healthy choices, Eco warriors
  • PSHE
  • RSE
  • School council
  • Safety Patrol
  • SMILE/iSpace


Children will achieve a sense of belonging in the community,  develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to enable them to make their own decisions and to take responsibility for their own lives and communities.