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How to teach about courts and the justice system

Join representatives from The National Museum of Justice at the Royal Court of Justice and the Supreme Court for this interactive session

About this event

Matthew Currey, Information Officer at The Supreme Court, Lizzie Ross, Learning Manager at the National Justice Museum, and Jane Haynes, an experienced Citizenship teacher and ACT Ambassador will lead you through this interesting session based around the role of the high courts and how students can engage in various different ways. 

In this workshop teachers will have the opportunity to develop their own knowledge of this important area of the curriculum and be able to ask the experts any questions they may have. This area of the law is often referenced on GCSE papers but is historically shrouded in misconceptions. This is your opportunity to improve your confidence when teaching this aspect of the legal system. 

The session will include a brief overview of the history of the courts, how the courts function, notable cases that have been heard and opportunities for students to visit or connect virtually with the courts across the country. 

Who is it for?

  • Citizenship teachers 
  • New to Citizenship 
  • GCSE Citizenship Teachers 
  • Heads of Department

Why attend?

By attending this session you will: 

  • Have increased understanding of the role of the high courts 
  • Gain confidence in teaching this area of the curriculum 
  • Become informed about the opportunities for students to become engaged with the court system.

Links to the CCF and ECF criteria

This workshop supports the CCF and ECF in the following ways:

  • Discussing and analysing with expert colleagues how to sequence lessons so that pupils secure foundational knowledge before encountering more complex content.
  • Discussing and analysing with expert colleagues how to identify possible misconceptions and plan how to prevent these from forming.
  • Being aware of common misconceptions and discussing with expert colleagues how to help pupils master important concepts.
  • Discussing and analysing with expert colleagues how to revisit the big ideas of the subject over time and teach key concepts through a range of examples.
  • Drawing explicit links between new content and the core concepts and principles in the subject.

CPD strand – Society, politics and elections

Building upon the CPD offering in the previous year and feedback from our members, we have introduced a new strand entitled ‘Politics, Elections and Society’ which provides broader subject knowledge enhancement and incorporates a range of elements from previous CPD strands.

Event team

Meet the team who will be running this event

Zoe Baker

Head of Education and Professional Development (ACT)

Jane Haynes

Head of Citizenship, Thomas Keble School

Matthew Currey

Information Officer, United Kingdom Supreme Court

Lizzie Ross

Learning Manager, National Justice Museum


These are some of the questions we are most often asked about our training sessions. If you have other questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we will be happy to help.