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Teaching Suffrage - inspiring new Citizenship and History resources for schools

Today we are delighted that new Citizenship and History teaching resources have been published for secondary schools.

The resources have been developed by ACT and the Historical Association with support from the Cabinet Office and the Government Equalities Office as part of work to celebrate 100 years of votes for women.

Citizenship teaching strategies build young people's resilience to extremism

The ACT Building Resilience Project is now live on our website. Materials include teaching resources and strategies, key findings and evidence of impact, and recommendations for teachers, school leaders and the government.

The ACT Building Resilience Project involved teachers in schools across England developing innovative Citizenship teaching strategies to build young people's criticality and resilience to extremism and being drawn into terrorism.

General Election 2015 - FREE materials for teachers

General Election 2015 - FREE material for teachers

Parliament has been brought to a close and the General Election is just around the corner.

Teaching Citizenship Issue 41 is full of ideas, resources, lesson plans, useful articles and briefings to help you teach about the election. Click here to download a special extract.

A topical activity on drones linking Citizenship and Global Learning

Have a look at our new Drones activity. It is available for FREE download and is highly topical. New concerns about drone technology are reported daily in news media and the topics strongly links global matters with the domestic in Citizenship.

New Global Learning Programme For Schools

The Global Learning Programme (GLP)

We are delighted to let you know about the new Global Learning Programme (GLP) for England which ACT is a partner in and launches this month. The GLP is a ground-breaking new programme which will create a national network of like-minded schools, committed to equipping their pupils to make a positive contribution to a globalised world by helping their teachers to deliver effective teaching and learning about development and global issues at Key Stages 2 and 3.

Human Rights Resources Competition

Human rights resources competition

International Human Rights Day is coming up on 10th December – a good time to celebrate the liberties enjoyed by UK citizens and to contrast them with the oppression suffered by many around the world.
ACT has teamed up with Teachit Citizenship and we want to get involved by rewarding you for your teaching resources that you have made on the theme of human rights.

We’re teaming up with ACT to offer the winner:



Only just over half of young people who are eligible register to vote. To encourage young people to get on the electoral register and make their voice heard, Cabinet Office and Bite the Ballot are today launching a new online toolkit for teachers, community leaders and young people themselves to hold registration events to get people signed up.

The tool kit includes:

- Session plan for teachers to run their own event, with specially developed activities to explain voter registration and get students talking about the issues they care about.



Today, Parliament Week, UK Youth Parliament and BBC Three’s Free Speech invite secondary students from across the UK to Create the Debate by holding debates in their classrooms on the top five issues voted on by over 250,000 young people in largest ever youth consultation.

The Make Your Mark campaign asked young people to vote on the most important issues affecting them. The five topics that received the most votes were:

• Make public transport cheaper, better and accessible for all, which was also selected in 2011 as a key issue



Ad:Check offers teachers a range of lessons and classroom activities from judging ads for themselves to decide whether or not they think the complaints are justified to developing their own ad campaign. The materials also enable students to engage with examples of real ads and explore some topical and controversial issues within the context of their rights, responsibilities, duties and freedoms as citizens of a diverse and democratic society.



Lights, Camera, Parliament!

Lights, Camera, Parliament! asks students to answer the question ‘what law would you make?’ in a three minute film, giving young people a creative platform to voice what is important to them.


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