On 8th May, were it not for fighting the outbreak of Covid - 19, many people would be marking the 75th Anniversary of VE day. School assemblies would be held and classrooms would remind students of what VE Day was and why it is important to remember. Instead, we find teachers setting work from home.
ACT and the Global Learning Programme (GLP) have mapped out the connections between 'British values' and global learning through the perspective of Citizenship Studies.
The overview, The Global Learning Programme and Prevent, considers some of the key questions and debates addressed in the Citizenship curriculum and identifies resources that will support teachers in this area of work.
Submitted by Chris Waller on Tue, 26/01/2016 - 12:42
‘HMD is a time when we seek to learn the lessons of the past and to recognise that genocide does not just take place on its own, it’s a steady process which can begin if discrimination, racism and hatred are not checked and prevented’ (HMD website, January 2016)
Following much debate and discussion, DfE has finally produced new guidance called 'Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools'. The guidance applies to all maintained schools and is a response to the so-called Trojan Horse cases and concern by DfE and Ofsted regarding the requirement to prepare pupils for life in modern Britain. ACT is pleased to see the guidance published but is disappointed that though there are clear links to Citizenship and SMSC and Citizenship teaching and learning, there is no specific reference to the subject.
The recent discussions about British identity, the success of UKIP in the European elections in May and the Trojan Horse incidents in Birmingham have all focussed attention on the importance of high quality Citizenship being a core part of education for young people and also at the heart of the way the school relates to the community it is set in. Citizenship teachers can initiate conversations with colleagues in school about these matters and also create powerful lesson opportunities to help pupils explore the complexity of living together in the UK.
It can be very challenging to explain to colleagues, senior staff or parents what Citizenship is all about. ACT has therefore produced some new style posters that can be downloaded and displayed in the classroom or staff room or used at governors meetings. We think that they are best used with senior leaders, parents or at school CPD to highlight approaches to high quality Citizenship in secondary schools and also to ensure that there is clear understanding about the subject. They will help Citizenship teachers with in discussions about the importance, relevance and opportunities that high quality Citizenship can bring to schools. The posters can be downloaded and printed, ideally at A2 or A1 size so that they have maximum impact.
ACT has now published new Global Learning Programme (GLP) support materials for Key Stages 2 and 3 on our website. The GLP is a national initiative supported by DfID. There is a mixture of case studies, guidance, advice and resources. Further materials will be added in the coming months. The resources can be seen at the Global Learning Programme page.
ACT has been developing a range of activities, advice and guidance to support the Global Learning Programme (GLP), which is a national initiative funded by DfID. The ACT materials include a poster that can be downloaded, enlarged and displayed in the staff room or classroom to promote the GLP and Citizenship, documents to use with senior leaders, parents and governors and planning documents for teachers in Key Stages 2 and 3. The downloads include:
We are delighted to let you know about the new Global Learning Programme (GLP) for England which ACT is a partner in and launches this month. The GLP is a ground-breaking new programme which will create a national network of like-minded schools, committed to equipping their pupils to make a positive contribution to a globalised world by helping their teachers to deliver effective teaching and learning about development and global issues at Key Stages 2 and 3.