National curriculum in England
The national curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools so children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject.
Citizenship programmes in the national curriculum cover income and expenditure, credit and debt, insurance, savings and pensions, financial products and services, and how public money is raised and spent
Purpose of study
A high-quality citizenship education helps to provide pupils with knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society. In particular, citizenship education should foster pupils’ keen awareness and understanding of democracy, government and how laws are made and upheld. Teaching should equip pupils with the skills and knowledge to explore political and social issues critically, to weigh evidence, debate and make reasoned arguments. It should also prepare pupils to take their place in society as responsible citizens, manage their money well and make sound financial decisions.
Pupils should be taught about:
- income and expenditure, credit and debt, insurance, savings and pensions, financial products and services, and how public money is raised and spent