THE VICKY PRYCE CASE AND THE NEED FOR HIGH QUALITY CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION
The collapse of the Vicky Pryce trial amidst suggestions that the jurors have not been able to manage dealing with the basic concepts of trial by jury further underlines the importance of all young people developing legal literacy through their entitlement to a high quality citizenship education. The current citizenship programme of study puts learning about aspects of law and order, including the jury system within criminal law cases firmly at the centre of work about justice. The proposals within the new citizenship curriculum also strongly signpost schools to ensure that teaching about criminal and civic law, justice and the functioning of the court system is at the core of good citizenship education.
What the Vicky Pryce case does is to provide a real example for citizenship teachers of the importance of ordinary people being able to understand the workings of the law in order for them to take their full part in enabling justice to function. Citizenship teachers coming back from half term might make use of the case to get their students back into the law topic. More background information can be found across the internet but the BBC is a good starting point at their news pages.