ACT has recently posted advice and guidance about teaching about Europe, the EU and the Referendum-which will happen this week. Now there are two new videos for Citizenship teachers to use. Both are a product of our colleagues at the Citizenship Foundation. They look at the economic and political arguements involved in the Referendum debate.
Following pressure from ACT and the Expert Subject Advisory Group for Citizenship, the DfE has published the Programme of Study for Citizenship in Key Stages 1 and 2. The non-statutory programmes of study describe the knowledge, understanding and skills required of pupils and provide schools with a framework to plan a coherent citizenship curriculum.
Seventy years after the liberation of Auschwitz there is still much for Citizenship teachers to do in helping pupils make sense of the past and reconciling this with the present, especially the turmoil over events in France this month. At the 2015 Holocaust Memorial Day lecture, Professor Christopher Browning reflected on the role played by the ordinary men and women who actually did the killing by shooting or other means. This is very different from concentrating on the policy makers and organisers.
Following much debate and discussion, DfE has finally produced new guidance called 'Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools'. The guidance applies to all maintained schools and is a response to the so-called Trojan Horse cases and concern by DfE and Ofsted regarding the requirement to prepare pupils for life in modern Britain. ACT is pleased to see the guidance published but is disappointed that though there are clear links to Citizenship and SMSC and Citizenship teaching and learning, there is no specific reference to the subject.
The origin of this work was something of a lighthearted challenge - to devise a Citizenship education activity about pirates to be used on September 19th International Talk Like a Pirate Day. The serious aspects however are those that ask about piracy today and explore deep ethical and values questions about the law, human rights and globalisation. View the resource here.
The ACT Council new curriculum action group met on Saturday September 14th and have outlined a series of tools and resources that ACT will develop over the coming months to support teachers with the new curriculum. The folowing are key actions that ACT Council will be taking forward:
ACT is delighted that the new curriculum for Citizenship at key stages 3 and 4 has finally been published. Released today on the DfE website, the new curriculum provides details of the programmes of study for key stages 3 and 4 to be taught from September 2014. You can download the curriculum from the DfE website and read more about the changes here