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Citizenship education

Citizenship education is a statutory National Curriculum subject in England for all pupils at maintained secondary schools. The DFE revised National Curriculum includes new programmes of study for citizenship at key stages 3 and 4 for first teaching from September 2014. 

ACT has published a range of guidance materials to support the revised citizenship curriuclum.

A non-statutory National Framework for Citizenship is available for use in primary schools.

Schools should plan steps to continue to improve their Citizenship teaching so that more pupils benefit from the very best Citizenship education. The revised programmes of study for Citizenship include requirements to teach:

  • explicitly about democracy and the political system in the UK including how it is developing and the role of political parties
  • about the law and the justice system and the role of international law and human rights
  • the key elements of the constitution and the roles of parliament, citizens and the free press in holding those in power to account
  • financial education including the functions and uses of money in society, budgeting, managing risk and how public money is raised and spent
  • different forms of taking responsible and informed action to contribute positively to communities including through volunteering
  • skills to use a range of research strategies, think critically, weigh evidence, take part in debates and make informed and persuasive arguments.

The full programmes of study for key stages 3 and 4 can be found here. ACT has published a range of guidance materials to support the revised National Curriculum for citizenship.

Further information and ideas for teaching are published in the ACT journal 'Teaching Citizenship' 


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