David Blunkett, ACT President has called on Head Teachers to make Citizenship Education a priority as they take action to promote democracy and ‘British Values’ and implement the new Prevent Duty for schools.
Speaking at the ACT National Conference yesterday (30 June 2015) in a keynote address with former Head Teacher Sir Keith Ajegbo in London, Blunkett said,
In parliament on Tuesday (17 March), ACT President the Rt Hon David Blunkett MP led an event to share the latest findings from a 12 year research study into the impact of Citizenship Education.
The Citizenship Education Longitudinal Study (CELS) project began when David Blunkett was Secretary of State for Education and was intended to measure and evaluate the impact of the subject of citizenship that he introduced into the National Curriculum in 2002. Citizenship remains a statutory National Curriculum and GCSE subject in secondary schools today.
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As Secretary of State, David Blunkett set up the Advisory Group for Citizenship and Teaching of Democracy in schools, chaired by ACT founder Professor Sir Bernard Crick. This led to Citizenship Studies becoming a statutory National Curriculum subject in secondary schools from 2002.
The recent discussions about British identity, the success of UKIP in the European elections in May and the Trojan Horse incidents in Birmingham have all focussed attention on the importance of high quality Citizenship being a core part of education for young people and also at the heart of the way the school relates to the community it is set in. Citizenship teachers can initiate conversations with colleagues in school about these matters and also create powerful lesson opportunities to help pupils explore the complexity of living together in the UK.