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Five Nations Network and ACT's international work

Five Nations Network and programme

The Five Nations Network is a unique forum sharing practice in education for Citizenship and values in England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. 

Since 2000 the network has enabled dialogue between teachers, educationalists, policy makers and young people from across the UK and Ireland. The programme is overseen by a strategy group involving representatives from each of the nations. Each year the work involves:

  • a high profile annual conference, which is hosted in a different part of the UK and Ireland each year
  • small-scale research initiatives involving practitioner led action research involving at least two of the participating nations
  • a website that shares our work together with network communications including our email newsletter, 'Five Nations Network News' to keep you in touch with the latest developments.
  • The Network is generously funded by the Gordon Cook Foundation and, since 2014, The MacRobert Trust.

    The Five Nations Network is recognised as a Council of Europe Regional Network. The Council of Europe supports its forty seven member states in the promotion of democracy and human rights in and through education. The legal framework for this work is the Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights Education, adopted by the member states in 2010. The Five Nations Network contributes to the objectives and principles of this Charter, and is supported by the Council of Europe.

    ACT is the Network's programme manager. For more information and to register your interest in the network please visit the Five Nations Network website.

    International work

    ACT provides advice, support and consultancy to other nations who are developing citizenship education. Over the years we have worked alongside other agencies and with government Ministries in Ukraine, Denmark, Kosovo, and in Lebanon.

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