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Oak National Academy weekly ACT Citizenship Lessons for Years 7-10

We're pleased to be working in partnership with the OAK national academy to develop citizenship lessons for secondary age pupils. ACT teachers have been designing and developing lessons for years 7-10. The online classroom and activities club was set up to help teachers and parents support their pupils and children during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Media Literacy resources

These resources have been developed by ACT to support the teaching of media literacy through citizenship.

1: Teaching Media Literacy - Covid-19

Put together by experienced secondary citizenship teachers, this first learning activity is designed for use with pupils in key stages 3 and 4. Pupils are introduced to basic media literacy concepts and terms and encouraged to develop their knowledge, source analysis and critical thinking in relation to the different types of information they encounter.

Election teaching resources

Teacher members of ACT have been developing lessons and activities to support teaching about the election, voting and democracy. 

Our thanks to Helen Blachford, Zoe, Baker and Ryan Mason for sharing their ideas.

Parallel election teaching resource

Elections provide a key moment for teaching about the political system, voting and democracy. This resource on Parallel elections has been developed to help teachers plan and undertake a parallel election with their pupils.

Council of Europe invitation for teachers to pilot the Portfolio of Competences for Democratic Culture

The Council of Europe invites European teachers at all levels of education to register for piloting the Portfolio of Competences for Democratic Culture.

Registration is open until 31 July 2019.

What is required? 

Deliberative Classroom: Democracy, Protest and Change

The resources in this Deliberative Classroom pack focus on the topic of Democracy, Protest and Change. The pack begins with a briefing paper to help teachers think about the depth of conceptual knowledge students need as they learn about democracy and its key characteristics and the different ways citizens can influence change.

Free to Speak Safe to Learn from the Council of Europe

ACT is delighted to support a campaign launched by the Council of Europe, 'Free to Speak, Safe to Learn', which encouarges all schools to become 'Democratic Schools'. 

Council of Europe - Competencies for Democratic Citizenship, Human Rights and Intercultural Understanding

Creating a Democratic Culture through high quality curriculum and teaching

The Council of Europe Competency Framework for Democratic Culture

The Council of Europe recently supported the Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT) to lead a small project to consult with teachers in England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales about a competency framework developed to support education for democratic citizenship, human rights and intercultural understanding.

The Council of Europe has identified four key purposes of education:

Democratic life - Democracy in action

In this article Lee Jerome, Associate professor of Education, reports on an interview with Liz Moorse, Chief Executive of Act, about the activities of Democratic Life, which has played an instrumental role in bringing about this change in fortune.

Uncivil Authorities - young people and civic participation on and offline

Do the growing number of opportunities for young people to civically engage online have an impact on their engagement beyond the web? Shakuntala Banaji outlines the findings of a cross-European research project and highlights some of the implications for Citizenship teachers.

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