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The referendum in Scotland-a political literacy opportunity not to be missed

Post date: 
Tue, 16/09/2014 - 16:45

In the first of a new series of Topical Issues briefings for members, ACT offers guidance to help you explore the 'The Scottish referendum and future of the UK'.

On Thursday 18th September 2014, people who live in Scotland will be able to vote on whether they want to become an independent sovereign state outside of the United Kingdom. Citizenship teachers may wish to explore the topic with pupils, especially those in key stage 4 and post 16.

The referendum is an intensely complex and personal decision for people in Scotland. It raises challenging political questions and identity issues for those in Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom. Many believe that regardless of the outcome, the nature of politics and relations between the constituent parts of the United Kingdom will change forever.

This briefing, 'The Scottish referendum and the future of the UK', is designed to help teachers explore the issues with pupils. It identifies links with the revised national curriculum for citizenship at key stages 3 and 4, suggests teaching ideas and provides links to further resources. If you want a quick trawl through the independence debate then look at this.

ACT has also produced a series of curriculum briefings which are designed to explain the new areas of content in the programmes of study.

  • The Electoral System and Political Parties
  • The Constitution and Political System
  • Active Citizenship and Volunteering
  • Finance, the economy and money
  • Justice, the legal system and international law.
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