Citizenship teaching strategies build young people's resilience to extremism
The ACT Building Resilience Project is now live on our website. Materials include teaching resources and strategies, key findings and evidence of impact, and recommendations for teachers, school leaders and the government.
The ACT Building Resilience Project involved teachers in schools across England developing innovative Citizenship teaching strategies to build young people's criticality and resilience to extremism and being drawn into terrorism.
Project development and focus
Nine schools developed their own projects to reflect the local context and the teachers’ views about what kind of response would be most appropriate for their students:
Multimedia Citizenship teaching resources
The ACT Building Resilience Project developed examples of effective practice to support schools nationally in creating their educational response to the Prevent duty.
They include Citizenship teaching resources for Key Stage 3, with lesson plans and schemes of work, accompanied by short teacher films and case studies.
The importance of confidence, subject knowledge and skills
The teachers involved found the project challenging and used their skills as Citizenship teachers to develop appropriate pedagogies and approaches to teach these sensitive and controversial issues.
"Developing a project that was based on, and responded to, our local context really stretched my expertise as a classroom practitioner. Not only was I wrestling with the big political issues which were present in the press, but also the local ones which affected families of the students in my care. It became clear very quickly that challenging the views of the media and homes of the students would take skill and management that other topics I had taught in the past did not..." Zoe Baker, Citizenship Teacher, Towers School & Sixth Form Centre, Kent.
Evaluation and recommendations for teachers, school leaders and government
A full evaluation was conducted by Middlesex University. The evidence gathered shows the impact of the project for pupils and teachers. The summary and full evaluation reports include a number of recommendations for teachers, school leaders and government.