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
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.
‘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.
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
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.