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VE Day Citizenship Teaching Resources

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.  

The Global Learning Programme and Prevent

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.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2016: Don't Stand By

‘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)

New DFE guidance on 'Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools'

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.

Teaching about identity, diversity and democracy-some thoughts and ideas from ACT

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.

ACT Global Learning support materials for KS2 and 3 published

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.

The Global Learning Programme and Citizenship

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:

New Global Learning Programme For Schools

The Global Learning Programme (GLP)

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.

The United Nations Matters

The United Nations Matters

Today is United Nations Day. Commemorated on 24 October each year, the day marks the entry into force of the UN Charter in 1945.

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