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Free Citizenship KS4 Teaching Resources for Secondary Teachers

What is taught in KS4 Citizenship

Citizenship at Key Stage 4 builds on prior learning related to rights, responsibilities, duties, freedoms, the law, justice and democracy. It encourages respect for different identities- national, religious and ethnic- and engagement with diverse ideas, beliefs and cultures. Pupils are expected to be understanding of other races, cultures and religions which helps build their own character, influencing their way of life.

In schools, bullying can be a big issue but teachers are not always made aware of it. BB Clic is a great site where pupils can get support if they are getting bullied. They can talk to a CyberMentor or if they want to help others they themselves can be a mentor. This site is a good tool that can be used in KS4 Citizenship lessons.

Issues in Citizenship

The issues of human rights, community cohesion and global links are addressed. Pupils develop their critical thinking by considering issues, source of information and making an informed judgement. They use these skills to form arguments and speak about issues of concern from their perspective and that of others. The ability to evaluate viewpoints, relationships between these and action taken  in local and global contexts is emphasised with pupils acknowledging and engaging with perspectives that they do not necessarily agree with.

When teaching about human rights Amnesty is a great site to use as it contains resources on all different areas. There are powerpoints, notes and videos that can be used to aid lessons and support teachers.


As for Key Stage 3, the concepts of democracy and justice, rights and responsibilities and living together in a diverse UK society form the basis of the curriculum as does the development of critical thinking skills and enquiry. The materials in this section can support planning and resourcing lessons within the recommended range and content of the Citizenship curriculum.


20 Key Free Teaching Resources



Free teaching resources to help you develop informed, responsible and active citizens.

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IFAW offers animal welfare and conservation-themed teaching resources and films aligned with UK curricula. This year’s theme, Elephants Never Forget, explores the world of elephants and the challenges they face.

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Crimestoppers Trust

Crimestoppers Trust

Be Fearless about crime @ – the new youth brand from the crime fighting charity Crimestoppers

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E-safety Support

E-safety Support

E-safety Support. It is a comprehensive suite of resources developed to help schools to meet Ofsted requirements by delivering a clear strategy that promotes shared (teachers, pupils, parents etc) responsibility for e- safety.

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Practical Action

Practical Action

Inspiring resources on sustainability, climate change, renewable energy and global learning

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Association for Citizenship Teaching

Association for Citizenship Teaching

ACT - the professional association for those involved in citizenship education

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Free teaching resources, plus everything you need to know about careers in chemical engineering.

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Download free lesson ideas, people’s stories and images to promote global learning

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Citizenship Lesson Plans & Worksheets

Citizenship Lesson Plans & Worksheets

KS3 & 4 Citizenship lesson plans and worksheets covering, covering everything from diversity and democracy, through to local action and the European Parliament.

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Learn With Dogs

Learn With Dogs

Free downloadable resources that include information on responsible dog ownership and safety around dogs to help educate the dog owners of tomorrow.

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Good communication is key to success as a student, employee or parent. Our learning and skills programme helps young people become better, more effective communicators.

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The Amnesty site can be used in Secondary School Citizenship classes as it provides information on human rights.

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Trading Standards

Lots of resources for both Primary and Secondary School Citizenship and PSHE classes.

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Explore Parliament

Lesson plans for KS2, 3 & 4 for History and Citizenship lessons as well as providing games, videos and many more resources.

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Resources and Packs for KS3 & KS4 Citizenship and PHSE lessons from Bridges.

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Sport Relief

Primary and Secondary School resources (including scripts and videos) for assemblies.

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Animal Aid

Animal Aid a site that can be used in Citizenship and PHSE classes as it provides videos and DVD on animals and their treatment.

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BB Clic

A useful tool in Citizenship and PSHE classes as it tackles bullying and provides CyberMentors who children can talk to.

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PETA Foundation

Peta Foundation has brilliant resources as it contains videos, posters, images and so much more.

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BFI provides a guide which explains how television can be used to cover Citizenship topics.

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