Teachers gathered in London on 5 July 2019 for a day of CPD planned by the ACT Council of teachers. The day was full of practical sessions and guest speakers to help teachers consider and plan their curriculum provision for citizenship, smsc and personal development, and consider the new Ofsted inspection framework. Here are the presentations and accompanying resources.
The 'Having a Say' Citizenship resources have been developed by ACT with support from the Historical Association, the Cabinet Office and the Government Equalities Office. They form part of a wider set of history and Citizenship resources to celebrate 100 years of votes for women.
Aliya Azam MBE, Interfaith Coordinator at the Al Khoei Foundation and Deborah Weston OBE, Director of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development at Mulberry School for Girls, describe their work bringing together Muslim students from different backgrounds in shared learning experiences. This is helpful when teaching about Faith, Identity and Diversity.
Sera Shortland, Citizenship Coordinator at Hamilton Community College, talks about MP6, a public speaking political competition she set up to help students articulate their views about controversial issues. This is helpful when teaching Active Citizenship.
Sabina Wojtowicz, Philanthropy in Schools Programme Coordinator at the Big Give and Danny Gill, Director of Social Impact at the Dragon School, share their experience of a programme which encourages pupils to explore the work of charities and think about the work they do
This resource was devised by Professor Bridget Byrne* in association with ACT. Professor Byrne carried out interviews with new entrants to the UK in 2017, asking especially about their experiences of becoming a British citizen and why they chose to do this. The case studies are real and raise interesting questions about identity and belonging. They can be used within lessons that explore aspects of Britishness and British values. The case studies also tell of disturbing stories of the process of choosing to become a citizen and reflect on the nature of belonging.
Scott Amott, Head of Citizenship and PFL, led work on The ACT Building Resilience Project at Heanor Gate Science College in Derbyshire.
This project focused on critical thinking and enquiry skills through five Citizenship lessons with Year 7 classes. Pupils explored the concept of extremism and right wing political ideologies through critical engagement with case studies and the role played by the media and community. They also considered the responsible actions they might take in light of their investigations.
Lorellie Canning, Head of Citizenship, led work on The ACT Building Resilience Project at St Bede's & St Joseph’s Catholic College in Bradford.
This project focused on critical thinking, problem solving and enquiry skills, and taking informed and responsible action. It involved five Citizenship lessons with four Year 9 and 10 classes. Pupils explored concepts of extremism and terrorism and the role of the media through critical engagement with real life case studies.