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Democracy

Local government, elections and voting key stage 3 lessons

These lessons are designed to support key requirements of the National Curriculum for Citizenship in relation to Government, elections and voting. Developed by ACT Ambassador and Citizenship teacher, Ben Miskell.

Issue 54 Article: Sustainability in the Citizenship Classroom

In this free article, from the Teaching Citizenship journal, written by ACT Ambassador, Sera Shortland, the role of sustainability within the citizenship classroom is considered as a new bill makes its way through the House of Lords. Proposed by the Right Honourable Sir Jim Knight, the Education (Environment and Sustainable Citizenship) Bill seeks to place learning about climate change and sustainability within the citizenship programme of study.

Teacher Fact Sheets

These resources are for teachers, particularly non specialists, tutors and heads of year who will find this useful to help lead discussions with young people about significant news events.

150 Citizenship Lessons for Years 7-11

We're pleased to be the curriculum partner with the OAK national academy for citizenship.  

ACT teachers have designed lessons for years 7-11. The online classroom and activities club was set up to help teachers and parents support their pupils and children during the Covid pandemic.

Media Literacy teaching resources

These resources were developed during 2020 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'. 

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