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28th Apr 2023 11:04am Opportunities

Call for workshop submissions for Teaching Citizenship Conference 2023

Call for workshop submissions for Teaching Citizenship Conference 2023. Submit your workshop and seminar ideas for consideration

Workshop submissions: Teaching Citizenship annual conference 2023

The Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT) will be hosting their annual conference on 29 June 2023 at IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society in Central London. The conference is co-hosted with UCL Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Education and will bring together teachers, practitioners and other stakeholders to amplify and exchange ideas that support quality Citizenship teaching.

This year’s conference theme is Climate Empowerment – the role of Citizenship and Personal Development Teachers. This draws on the term adopted by the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change to denote their most recent priorities for education announced at COP27. ACT’s Teaching Citizenship Conference will explore the relationship of Citizenship to the current climate crisis. We will discuss the role of the subject in empowering and engaging students on these complex topics and how schools can implement the DfE’s Climate Education Strategy.

Children and young people are worried about climate change and want to know more about the impact it is having now and how it will impact their future lives.

DfE Sustainability and Climate Change Strategy, 2022

The conference aims to: 

  • bring together teachers, practitioners and other stakeholders to amplify and exchange ideas that support quality Citizenship teaching 
  • explore different teaching approaches that help students to develop informed opinions about these urgent issues, while ensuring teaching remains impartial
  • consider the opportunities, challenges and potential solutions including how we nurture young people’s political agency, especially in making informed decisions about what types of citizen action are appropriate
  • encourage new thinking and learning about Citizenship education, teaching and practice and promote dialogue and collaboration across schools nationally

Call for workshop submissions

This year we are accepting submissions from organisations and individuals to present focused workshops around the key themes of this year’s event: 

  • climate justice as a human rights issue and teaching climate change in Citizenship
  • how climate education topics and approaches can be used to teach the National Curriculum requirements for Citizenship
  • Civic participation and social action on sustainability and climate change
  • The effect of climate change on migration and human rights 
  • The law green crime and climate justice 
  • Racial justice and the climate emergency

In addition to themed workshops we are also accepting submissions for research based knowledge enhancement seminars. We would welcome applications from organisations or individuals that can deliver a short seminar on the key themes above and how this can be linked to Citizenship, based on any current or ongoing research you are undertaking. 

Workshops should be around 50 minutes with additional time for a Q & A once you have delivered your planned content. Audio visual equipment will be available for use at the venue. 

To submit your conference application please complete the form below. Application entry deadline: Friday 12 May


We encourage applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups. We also encourage people who have not previously presented at an ACT conference or other teaching conference to apply to share their workshop proposals with us. 

If you have any questions please contact [email protected]