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Citizenship manifestos

A citizenship manifesto is a school's public document that proclaims the rights and responsibilities of the school's students.

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Example manifesto

In accordance with the UN Declaration of Human Rights, all students in [school name] have the following rights and responsibilities, regardless of being:

  • a different sex;
  • a different skin colour;
  • speaking in a different language;
  • thinking different things;
  • believing in their religion;
  • owning more or less;
  • being born into another social group;
  • coming from another country.
  1. All students have the right to participate in active Citizenship opportunities within the school, for example:
    • Volunteering;
    • Academic mentoring.
  2. All students have the right to express their own ideas and opinions about the situations within the school as long as they don't abuse that right. To secure this right, we will keep the following:
    • A School Council, democratically elected by students, however with rules within the Council to make sure that the Council is made up of committed students
    • Free, democratic student media such as the radio station and the newspaper
  3. All students should have the right to express their opinion about the teaching in the school through the following processes:
    • Pupil observations of tecahers' lessons;
    • Suggestion boxes;
    • Pupil surveys;
    • Pupils interviewing candidates for jobs.
  4. All students should have the right to have their opinions acted upon through the following:
    • Regular consultations with SLT about issues and problems in the school – are the issues we highlighted being followed up?
    • Consultations between students and SLT about policies – particularly the behaviour policy.
    • Pupil observations, suggestion boxes and pupil surveys are looked at by SLT and taken into consideration and acted upon.
  5. All students in years 10 and 11 have GCSE Citizenship lessons, however all students should be aware of what Citizenship is. All students should have access to additional support throughout the Citizenship course.
  6. All students should be able to develop their skills and knowledge of politics and the law through:
    • Debating (debating clubs and competitions and debating in lessons);
    • Magistrates Competitions;
    • Mock election.
  7. All students should have the right to have access to learn about current global issues through [eg]:
    • Citizenship lessons;
    • Celebrating Our Differences day;
    • Amnesty International Group;
    • School Linking Projects.
  8. All students should have the right to the following out-of-hours learning, because it keeps the community bonded together and gives young people something to do [eg]:
    • Youth Clubs;
    • Community Parks;
    • Community Groups.
  9. All students should be able to experience citizenship work beyond the school, by having different organisations and companies come into the school to talk to students, as well as the students going out on visits.
The Citizenship Manifesto was developed by the Citizenship Foundation's Citizenship Manifestos Project, 2008.

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