This section of the site contains examples of how other teachers have delivered various aspects of Citizenship across all phases of education.
Resources that examine Citizenship education as a subject within the curriculum
Students in Y7 were happy to learn about issues in Citizenship but were largely unsure how to engage actively in discussion and debate. They were generally used to a fairly passive role in many areas of learning and many lacked the confidence and self esteem to develop and promote personal opinions.
Earnhill Primary Impetus Prize Winning Project
‘No Outsiders’ was a 28-month project based in primary schools aimed at tackling homophobia using children’s picture books.
Community project by primary school children to improve the playground facilities after learnign about Human Rights.
School Council met infrequently and there were no clear processes in place for the gathering of student’s opinions or for the feeding back of information from the School Council meetings.
We wanted to see learners who were enthusiastic about a subject working together to produce work of a high standard. Here's how we did it, including the full scheme of work, by engaging them in an issue they really cared about. The issue was Blood Diamonds.
In the beginning the bulk of students had some knowledge about voting and how elections worked, but were personally apathetic and disinclined to participate in the process. The mechanisms for accessing and using the council as a means for change were not present. The council had not been run for a year. Meetings were often poorly attended and unless individual representatives were ‘pushy’, nothing got done. This document explains how it was all changed for the better.
This case study shows how a group of schools in Durham used a pilot project to address difficult and controversial issues relating to race equality and diversity. The pack covers parts of the Citizenship KS3 curriculum, in particular the key concept: 1.3 Identities and diversity: living together in the UK.
As a specialist college in engineering the year 8 student reps and I met with the head of engineering. The students wanted to do something about recycling in the school but wanted to understand why recycling is important and how it can be done. As part of the remit for specialist status we wanted to provide a cross curricular experience and embed the schemes of work within the school.
Stoke Newington School is a non-selective, state school, specialising in Arts, Maths, and Science. The school has been celebrating LGBT History Month for the past three years. In 2008, supported by the energy and vision of Music Teacher and Head of Year, Elly Barnes, the aim of the celebration was to ensure that the message of celebrating diversity extended into the community, reaching all students, parents and teachers, in Stoke Newington and across the Borough of Hackney.
A 4-minute video by Barking Abbey School pupils showing how pupils' campaigning can be more effective and engaging than a teacher imparting knowledge!
From Teaching Citizenship issue 34
Four winning films made by pupils showing what good pupil voice is - and isn't. These three minute films are thought-provoking for any teacher.