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Citizenship Teaching Awards

Learn more about ACT's Citizenship Teaching Awards.

ACT Citizenship Teaching Awards

The ACT Citizenship Teaching Awards recognise and celebrate schools, teachers and organisations who have shown commitment to Citizenship education, and represent its core values. It’s a great opportunity to acknowledge the fabulous work of individuals and organisations that go the extra mile to support students and provide effective Citizenship education.

This year’s Teaching Awards will be taking place directly after our annual Teaching Citizenship Conference on 29 June 2023 at IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society in central London. 

Citizenship Teaching Awards 2022

4 July 2022; Houses of Parliament, London

The Citizenship Teaching Awards were first held in July 2022. The ceremony took place at the Houses of Parliament and was hosted by Lord Blunkett, former Secretary of State for Education. The evening paid tribute to the many teachers and schools who work tirelessly to provide excellent Citizenship education. The event also marked the twentieth year of the Association for Citizenship Teaching’s support of the subject community. There were scores of nominations received across the 9 different categories, highlighting the outstanding contribution of Citizenship teachers, school leaders and organisations from across the UK. We also acknowledged a number of colleagues from the Citizenship education community who have made highly significant contributions to citizenship education over many years through academic research, leading the subject in schools, for advocacy and influence, and for services to ACT.

We were delighted to have many parliamentarians attend the evening who all shared the celebration with recipient teachers and schools from their constituencies. Kim Leadbeater MP (Batley and Spen), presented the GCSE Teacher of the Year to Bryden Joy, of Perins School in Hampshire and further pledged her support for Citizenship education. Former Minister of State at the Department for Education, Robin Walker MP, presented Addey and Stanhope School the Secondary School of the Year award.

The success of Citizenship relies on the commitment of school leaders and excellent subject teachers who inject their passion and enthusiasm into the curriculum and who work tirelessly to support colleagues who may lack specialist subject knowledge. – Lord Blunkett

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Citizenship Teaching Awards 2023 

29 June 2023; IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, London. 

The 2023 awards will be taking place immediately after the ACT Teaching Citizenship Conference on 29 June, at the IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society. For the 10 award categories available, over 100 nominations were received in April and May and shortlisted nominees will be announced in due course.

Award categories for 2023:

  • Organisation of the year
  • School active citizenship award
  • Trainee teacher of the year
  • Citizenship Mentor of the year
  • Primary teacher of the year
  • Secondary teacher of the year
  • GCSE Citizenship Studies School of the Year (x3 AQA, Edexcel, OCR)
  • School of the year
  • Lord Blunkett award for outstanding contribution to Citizenship education
  • Student Choice
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