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Why are concepts so important in Citizenship teaching?

Join us for this session to learn why key concepts should underpin each lesson we teach.

About this event

Since its inception, Citizenship concepts have been hugely important when it comes to developing students’ knowledge and understanding of the subject. Allowing them to successfully operationalise their learning and demonstrate critical thinking skills. 

Although they are no longer written distinctly within the national curriculum, the concepts of citizenship are fundamental when teaching citizenship.

This workshop will allow participants to explore what a concept is and help them to understand how important they are when planning a single, or sequence of lessons. Delivered by Professor Lee Jerome, Middlesex University, and Zoe Baker, Head of Education and Professional Development, ACT, this 90 minute session will explore this theme using examples from the classroom and provide participants with ideas that can be used when planning and teaching.

Who is it for?

This workshop is ideal for those new to Citizenship, but also will be helpful to teachers at any stage of their career. Especially those looking to develop their pedagogy to ensure students take a synoptic approach in their writing.

Why attend?

By the end of this workshop you will: 

  • Develop your understanding of the importance of the role Citizenship concepts play in teaching 
  • Have a greater understanding of how to plan using Citizenship concepts 
  • Gain practical strategies to improve your students synoptic understanding 

Additional information

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.
  • Increasing challenge with practice and retrieval as knowledge becomes more secure (e.g. by removing scaffolding, lengthening space or introducing interacting elements).
  • Providing opportunities for all pupils to learn and master essential concepts, knowledge, skills and principles of the subject.
  • 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.
  • Enabling critical thinking and problem solving by first teaching the necessary foundational content knowledge.

CPD strand – Introduction to Citizenship

This strand is designed for anybody who is new to the subject, from ITE trainees to experienced teachers who are teaching Citizenship for the first time. These events will allow participants to develop their understanding of the core substantive knowledge of the subject, key concepts and best practice in pedagogy.

Event team

Meet the team who will be running this event

Professor Lee Jerome

Middlesex University

Zoe Baker

Head of Education and Professional Development


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