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Citizenship Programmes of Study for Key Stages 1 and 2 published

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Mon, 02/03/2015 - 11:30

Following pressure from ACT and the Expert Subject Advisory Group for Citizenship, the DfE has published the Programme of Study for Citizenship in Key Stages 1 and 2. The non-statutory programmes of study describe the knowledge, understanding and skills required of pupils and provide schools with a framework to plan a coherent citizenship curriculum. Schools need to consider what should be taught in lessons, what can be addressed through whole school provision, pupil voice and through active citizenship including involving pupils in the life of the school and wider community. The key stages 1 and 2 programmes of study provide a starting point for planning high quality citizenship provision that contributes to the development of SMSC, prepares pupils for life in modern Britain and in promoting fundamental ‘British’ values.

This timely re-publication confirms citizenship is an important subject with the primary curriculum, and distinct from PSHE education. The programmes of study for citizenship include four key areas of learning that pupils should be taught:

1. Developing confidence and responsibility and making the most of their abilities

2. Preparing to play an active role as citizens

3. Developing a healthy, safer lifestyle

4. Developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people

To help primary schools further consider and develop their citizenship provision the ACT Quality Standard for Citizenship offers a mechanism to review, plan and improve the quality of provision at key stages 1 and 2. The Expert Subject Group for Citizenship has also published a leaflet to help schools explore and consider primary citizenship in terms of values, attitudes, knowledge and skills.   This DFE decision to republish the primary citizenship programmes of study is excellent news for primary practitioners. ACT will be promoting this curriculum and considering how we can further support primary teachers in developing best practice in using the key stage 1 and 2 citizenship programmes of study.  


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