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DFE Minister pays tribute to ACT's work to support citizenship and SMSC

Post date: 
Wed, 21/01/2015 - 13:00

The role and work of the Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT) has been commended by DFE Minister, Nick Gibb.

In recent correspondence with ACT, Nick Gibb who is the Minister of State for School Reform, has stated his appreciation of the expertise and support that ACT provides to schools and acknowledges the time and effort that goes into providing this.

"Schools need expert support and advice from associations such as the Association for Citizenship Teaching in developing their curriculum and promoting SMSC, fundamental British values and having a well-rounded citizenship programme."

The Minister also confirmed steps are being taken by the DFE to ensure the Non-Statutory National Framework for key stages 1 and 2 citizenship is made available to all primary schools, confirming primary citizenship still has an important place in the curriculum. After many months of work to raise the profile of primary citizenship with the DFE, ACT is delighted to hear the process to include the key stage 1 and 2 citizenship framework on the website is now underway.

The role of primary citizenship has also been discussed by the Expert Subject Group for Citizenship who recently published a leaflet 'Citizenship ready' for secondary to help promote primary citizenship in the school curriculum. The simple leaflet is designed to help schools consider the role of citizenship in their curriculum and explore the knowledge, skills and values necessary to develop well rounded, active and responsible citizens who are ready for secondary education where citizenship is a statutory National Curriculum and GCSE subject. All primary schools need to plan a broad and balance curriculum that develops SMSC and citizenship has a critical role to play in this.

See also

Key Stage 1 and 2 citizenship national framework

Key Stage 3 and 4 National Curriculum for citizenship

Expert Subject Advisory Group for Citizenship

A Bigger Picture for Citizenship in the curriculum

Citizenship and SMSC

Events and CPD



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