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DFE Consultation on Relationships and Health Education – Implications for Citizenship Education

DFE Consultation on Relationships and Health Education – Implications for Citizenship Education

Summary of the DFE consultation proposals
The DFE proposes to introduce new subjects through the basic curriculum:

  • Relationships education (primary)
  • Relationships and Sex education (RSE) (secondary)
  • Physical health and mental wellbeing education (primary and secondary).

Statutory guidance will accompany this with detailed content and what will be expected of all primary and secondary schools.

ACT response to DFE Consultation: Relationship Education is more than personal

Last week ACT submitted a reponse to the DFE call for evidence on Relationship Education/RSE. Following disucssion with members of ACT Council who represent our wider members we highlighted a number of key points.

ACT evidence to House of Lords Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement

The Association for Citizenship Teaching’s written evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement has now been published by Parliament. Read ACT's written submission of evidence

ACT calls for discrimination against Citizenship Teachers to end

The Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT) is calling on the Government to take urgent action to change policies that are discriminating against Citizenship teachers.  ACT research, presented to the House of Lords Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement on Wednesday 18 October, will show that current policy is creating significant barriers to those who want to train as Citizenship specialist teachers, and for existing teachers who want to progress their careers.

Share your views on Citizenship education - complete our survey by 31 August

Share your views on Citizenship education

A new House of Lords Select Committee is looking into Citizenship and Civic Engagement including the role of Citizenship education.

Labour politicians asking important questions about Citizenship

Labour politicians are asking important questions about the number of Citizenship trainee teachers.

Stephen Timms MP asked the Secretary of State for Education a written question on 26 Jan 2017: "To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many citizenship teachers were trained in each year since 2010."

NCS Bill "Government need to get behind Citizenship"

‘Government need to get behind Citizenship’ was the clear message from the Lord Bird, Baroness Royall, Lord Stevenson, Lord Cormack and many others during the 2nd and 3rd readings of the NCS Bill in the Lords. But during the 2nd reading of the Bill in the Commons there were just a few references to schools and Citizenship education.

'Citizenship Consolidated?' - latest Ofsted subject report

Ofsted have published their latest survey report into Citizenship called Citizenship Consolidated. It has some very positive comments about the subject, gathered from inspection of 126 schools between 2009-12. ACT will publisheda fuller commentary on the report soon but the headlines from Ofsted are that inspectors observed 146 primary school lessons and 567 secondary school lessons, met with subject leaders and school leaders and interviewed just over 1,700 pupils and students. The main key findings are listed below

GCSE Reform

In February, the Secretary of State for Education announced plans for the comprehensive reform of GCSEs.The DfE is now seeking views on proposed subject content and assessment objectives for new GCSEs.


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