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Sustainable Citizenship Conference with UK Parliament

Marking UK Parliament Week and the start of our 20th anniversary year, ACT and UK Parliament Education and Engagement are planning a conference on sustainable citizenship. Lord Blunkett, ACT's Honorary President, and Lord Knight will be guest speakers.

Sustainable Citizenship Conference, 3rd – 5th November

Climate Crisis: Does Citizenship education hold the key?

Are your students passionate about the environment and sustainability? Do you want to harness this passion to develop their knowledge of democracy, law-making and an understanding of how bills pass through Parliament? 

This conference takes place at a time when many are calling for governments around the world to take action to address the issues of climate change, global warming and the need to build more sustainable economies and ways of life. 

Citizenship education teaches young people about the most effective ways to influence government and those with power to make changes which impact their future. This issue is in the forefront of students minds so it is a compelling tool to harness their engagement and help them understand the power of agency.

Over a period of three days we will explore the role of teachers and schools in addressing these issues through citizenship education. Participants will hear from Lord Knight about his education bill on sustainable citizenship (which aims to introduce compulsory climate change education within Citizenship) and in addition, be able to use this as a case study to teach pupils about the processes of law-making.

Why attend?

  • Understand how to effectively embed eco and climate change programmes in your school
  • Listen to the proposed changes to citizenship education and arguments for going beyond the current curriculum provision
  • Develop your understanding of the law-making process and how to influence government decisions through an in depth look at a current and topical bill
  • Build knowledge about the role of the citizenship curriculum in teaching about the environment and sustainability including rights, laws and actions.

What to expect:

This is a 3-day conference, and each session will run from 4:00 - 5:15 PM (GMT).

  • Wednesday, 3 November: The law-making process and sustainability in citizenship education
  • Thursday, 4 November: Debating a bill in Parliament and the classroom
  • Friday, 5 November: Influencing law-makers and active citizenship

                               The full programme will be available here shortly.

Event Fees:

This conference is hosted by ACT and UK Parliament's Education and Engagement team and is free to attend.

Who should attend:

  • All teachers with an interest in Citizenship, Law, Politics, Geography, Sociology and sustainability education
    • Links to National Curriculum; Parliamentary democracy, processes to influence decisions, laws to deal with complex problems and active citizenship projects
  • Senior leaders and education change makers
  • GCSE network
    • Links to making and shaping law, citizen participation, and global issue
  • Early Career teachers/ New to Citizenship teachers
    • Early Careers Framework Standard 3 and 4

Photo credit: Markus Spiske

November 3rd, 2021 4:00 PM through November 5th, 2021 5:00 PM
Via Zoom
United Kingdom
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