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New Ofsted Inspection framework - all children expected to study Citizenship

All pupils are expected to study the curriculum subject of Citizenship according to Ofsted. 

The new Inspection framework handbook for Schools published last week sets out what inspectors will focus on when they visit schools from September 2019.

New videos to aid teaching about Europe, the EU and the Referendum

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.

New resources on Financial education in Citizenship

ACT has created three resources to support Financial education within Citizenship, especially in Key Stage 3. This work was undertaken in collaboration with IfS University College in 2014 and the materials were given to teachers at the 2014 ACT National Conference and subsequently refined following commentary.

Citizenship Programmes of Study for Key Stages 1 and 2 published

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.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

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.

New DFE guidance on 'Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools'

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.

Expert Group publishes teaching resources digest for NC citizenship 2014

The Expert Group for Citizenship has today published a resources digest to support teachers in preparing for the revised National Curriculum for citizenship 2014.

The resources digest is organised around key topics and skills and the phase of education they are applicable to. Topics include:

Check out our exciting lesson to explore a global issue

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.

ACT Council develops strategy for new Citizenship curriculum

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:

New Citizenship curriculum for key stages 3 and 4 published

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

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