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15 October 2012
ACT is disappointed at the misleading reports in the weekend papers, including the Sunday Times, about Citizenship education. As ACT has consistently reported to members and the media alike, there has been no decision made by Government about the nature of subjects to be included in the proposed new school curriculum after 2014. The Coalition Government has not explicitly commented on Citizenship as subject, nor sought to denigrate it. Indeed, ACT continues to provide help and advice to the DfE regarding Citizenship education when requested as it has done so in the past. What is disappointing however is that media reports about Citizenship education clearly cause worry to teachers and those students studying this Foundation subject, that is an entitlement for all students in secondary schools and part of their compulsory education.
Reports that the current Citizenship education curriculum in secondary schools cover 29 pages are inaccurate. The KS3 programme of study covers 14 pages, including the 8 level scale and the programme of study for KS4 covers 10 pages. The programme of study gives advice and guidance for teachers and avoids proscribing detail. Indeed, in their brevity they are models for future programmes of study in many other subjects.
As previously stated, once the new proposals are announced, ACT will be providing teachers with advice about further developing their existing teaching plans and encouraging all members to take a full part in the consultation that will follow the announcement. Until that time teachers should not be alarmed by media reports that exaggerate the turbulence surrounding the curriculum review and remember the overall importance of the subject that was introduced with cross party support in 2002 has not changed.