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Citizenship Essentials to help you plan or update your Citizenship curriculum provision

Our Citizenship Essentials will help Citizenship subject leaders and teachers plan or update their Citizenship curriculum provision.

Below are links to key ACT resources, some of which are free for the public to access and some of which can be accessed through association membership. This selection will help Citizenship subject leaders and teachers plan and update their Citizenship provision. *We will continue to add links over the next few weeks.*  


The Citizenship Programme of Study for Key Stages 3-4
The National Curriculum Programme of Study for Citizenship education at key stages 3-4 published by the DfE

ACT guidance and explanatory notes for the Citizenship PoS KS3-4 (member only)
Guidance prepared by ACT to support the National Curriculum for Citizenship in secondary schools

The Citizenship Programme of Study for Key Stages 1-2
A non-statutory curriculum framework to help plan Citizenship provision in primary schools


A big picture for planning outstanding Citizenship education
A multimedia tool to help teachers and schools plan their curriculum and evaluate outcomes for pupils

Self-evaluation Tool for Citizenship education (for ACT Quality Standard participants)
A tool for primary and secondary schools to review and improve their Citizenship provision. Available when working towards the ACT Quality Standard Award for Schools. (The ACT Quality Standard for Colleges and FE is currently being piloted. Contact us to find out more.)

Lesson planning and observation tool (member only)
To help you plan, evaluate and review the quality of Citizenship teaching in lessons


A series of topic guides (member only)
Five topic guides on the Electoral system, the Constitution, Active citizenship, Finance and the economy, Justice and the law

ACT curriculum briefings (member only)
Special briefings on the contribution of Citizenship to SMSC development and the EU, Europe and the UK


Assessment toolkit
Guidance developed by the Expert Group for Citizenship on how to assess and make progress in Citizenship.



Citizenship Leadership - presentations and other useful documents (member only)
Does SLT really know what Citizenship is? Do you have time on the curriculum to cover what you need to? How can you make your subject really transformative? Access a series of useful resources, whether you are the lone Citizenship teacher or leading a team of non-specialists.

CitizBite! How to deliver pint sized Citizenship. (member only)
These materials are derived from a workshop held at the ACT National Conference 2017 and include suggestions of models that teachers might adopt.


The Prevent Duty and Controversial Issues: creating a curriculum response through Citizenship
Guidance for Teachers, Heads, Senior Leaders and Governors. Written and developed by the Expert Subject Advisory Group for Citizenship.

The ACT Building Resilience Project
Teaching strategies, schemes of work, lesson plans and resources developed by teachers to build children's criticality and resilience to extremism and being drawn into terrorism.

The Deliberative Classroom: Topical Debating Resources and Teacher Guidance
Resources to support teachers in leading knowledge based discussions and debates with students on topical issues relating to fundamental British values.

ACT Quality Marked Citizenship Teaching Resources
In addition to ACT resources, we’ve also highlighted the best on the market to help your teaching

National Curriculum 2014 Resources Digest for Teachers
This resources and materials digest was created by teachers, for teachers, to support Citizenship.

CPD, training, teachmeets and tailored programmes of school based CPD
We provide professional development, training and tailored programmes of school based CPD. We also support teachers to deliver peer to peer support including teachmeets. Find out more about upcoming events.

A number of the resources above are member-only.  If you are not yet a member and would like to access our full range of resources, alongside other member benefits such as our journal, direct support and advice and discounted rates for events, visit our page on ACT membership.

If you have any further queries on planning a Citizenship education programme, our Director of Education can provide over-the-phone or email advice to members. Contact us

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