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The ACT Building Resilience Project

The ACT Building Resilience Project involves teachers in schools developing innovative teaching strategies to build children's criticality and resilience to extremism and being drawn into terrorism. The project draws on the principles set out in guidance from the Expert Subject Advisory Group for Citizenship and ACT: The Prevent Duty and Controversial Issues: creating a curriculum response through Citizenship.

See the teachers' schemes of work, lesson plans and resources, and hear them talk about their work.

The ACT Building Resilience Project

The ACT Building Resilience Project supports Citizenship teachers working in different school contexts across England in developing the skills and knowledge pupils need to:

  • think critically, explore and discuss controversial and sensitive issues
  • recognise and challenge extremism and terrorist ideologies
  • build resilience to radicalisation; and
  • understand the value of democratic citizenship and taking citizenship action.
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    Stewart Vaughan, Head teacher of Priory School in Portsmouth, talks about the importance of the Citizenship curriculum in building resilience to extremism.

     

     

     

     

    ACT invited a number of schools to participate in the project with funding provided by the Home Office Prevent Innovation Fund. The project developed:

  • Opportunities for teachers to use a variety of pedagogies in Citizenship to support aspects of Prevent
  • Case studies that exemplify effective practice and how teachers working in a range of school contexts provide practical teaching and learning strategies and approaches. These will include short videos.
  • Learning resources including lesson plans, schemes of work, teaching resources and approaches to assessing pupils' progress and the impact on learning
  • Evidence of the impact of such approaches on pupils and schools through a full evaluation.
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    All teachers involved in The ACT Building Resilience Project worked within their school's safeguarding policies.

    Extremism and terrorism as reported in the media (pdf)
    Helen Blachford, Curriculum Leader PSCHE, led work on this project at Priory School in Portsmouth. Hear from Helen and download her lesson plans and resources developed


    Political Ideologies (pdf)
    Sanum Khan, Head of Citizenship, led work on this project at Chalfonts Community College in Buckinghamshire. Hear from Sanum and download her resources developed


    Community People (pdf)
    Nick Hills, Head of Citizenship, led work on this project at the Anglo European School in Essex. Hear from Nick and download his scheme of work, lesson plans and resources developed


    Exploring issues of extremism and radicalisation through enquiry (pdf)
    Ryan Mason, Assistant Head Teacher and Teacher in Charge of Citizenship, led work on this project at Addey and Stanhope School in London. Hear from Ryan and download his scheme of work and resources developed


    Immigration and protest - a case study of Dover in 2016 (pdf)
    Zoe Baker, Citizenship Teacher, led work on this project at The Towers School and Sixth Form Centre in Kent. Hear from Zoe and download her scheme of work and resources developed


    Exploring extremism (pdf)
    Lorellie Canning, Head of Citizenship, led work on this project at St Bede's & St Joseph’s Catholic College in Bradford. Hear from Lorellie and download her scheme of work and resources developed


    Misconceptions and extremism (pdf)
    Scott Amott, Head of Citizenship and PFL, led work on this project at Heanor Gate Science College in Derbyshire. Hear from Scott and download his scheme of work and resources developed

    All teachers involved in The ACT Building Resilience Project worked within their school's safeguarding policies.

    Extremism and terrorism as reported in the media - lesson plans (pdf)
    Helen Blachford, Curriculum Leader PSCHE, led work on this project at Priory School in Portsmouth. Hear from Helen and download her case study and resources developed


    Political Ideologies - scheme of work (pdf)
    Sanum Khan, Head of Citizenship, led work on this project at Chalfonts Community College in Buckinghamshire. Hear from Sanum and download her case study resources developed


    Community People - scheme of work (pdf) and Community People - lesson plans (pdf)
    Nick Hills, Head of Citizenship, led work on this project at the Anglo European School in Essex. Hear from Nick and download his case study and resources developed


    Exploring issues of extremism and radicalisation through enquiry - scheme of work (pdf)
    Ryan Mason, Assistant Head Teacher and Teacher in Charge of Citizenship, led work on this project at Addey and Stanhope School in London. Hear from Ryan and download his case study and resources developed


    Immigration and protest - a case study of Dover in 2016 - scheme of work (pdf)
    Zoe Baker, Citizenship Teacher, led work on this project at The Towers School and Sixth Form Centre in Kent. Hear from Zoe and download her case study and resources developed


    Exploring extremism - scheme of work (pdf)
    Lorellie Canning, Head of Citizenship, led work on The ACT Building Resilience Project at St Bede's & St Joseph’s Catholic College in Bradford. Hear from Lorellie and download her case study and resources developed


    All teachers involved in The ACT Building Resilience Project worked within their school's safeguarding policies.

    Helen Blachford, Curriculum Leader PSCHE, led work on this project at Priory School in Portsmouth. Download her case study, lesson plans and resources developed

    Sanum Khan, Head of Citizenship, led work on this project at Chalfonts Community College in Buckinghamshire. Download her case study, lesson plans and resources developed

    Nick Hills, Head of Citizenship, led work on this project at the Anglo European School in Essex. Download his case study, scheme of work and resources developed

    Ryan Mason, Assistant Head Teacher and Teacher in Charge of Citizenship, led work on this project at Addey and Stanhope School in London. Download his case study, scheme of work and resources developed

    Zoe Baker, Teacher of Citizenship, led work on this project at The Towers School and Sixth Form in Kent. Download her case study, scheme of work and resources developed

    Lorellie Canning, Head of Citizenship, led work on this project at St Bede's & St Joseph’s Catholic College in Bradford. Download her case study, scheme of work and resources developed

    Scott Amott, Head of Citizenship and PFL, led work on this project at Heanor Gate Science College in Derbyshire. Download his case study, scheme of work and resources developed

    All teachers involved in The ACT Building Resilience Project worked within their school's safeguarding policies.

    ACT used an independent expert to carry out a detailed evaluation of The ACT Building Resilience Project. The evaluation report consists of

  • an executive summary
  • a description of the methodologies used
  • teacher and pupil findings
  • perceptions of the impact of the project on pupils and teachers and
  • concluding recommendations for teachers, senior management and government.
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  • Summary evaluation report (pdf)
  • Full evaluation report (pdf)
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