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Citizenship Matters Briefing for Senior Leaders

This short briefing provided by the Association for Citizenship Teaching provides senior leaders in schools with key information about Citizenship, its status in the curriculum and the new Ofsted inspection framework for schools. It sets out the requirements upon all schools to make provision for Citizenship, and how the subject relates to other important national policies.

Teaching democracy in Citizenship - a summary

This Summary provides an overview of the knowledge and understanding about democracy that should be developed through the subject of Citizenship. Democracy is a key overaching concept that brings together many themes and dimensions of the subject. 

Topical Issues Briefings

Topical Issues Briefings are designed to explore topical issues in Citizenship and how they relate to the new NC Citizenship programmes of study. They provide a starting point for teachers with teaching ideas and links to further resources.

ACT Curriculum briefing - Citizenship and SMSC

This curriculum briefing on Citizenship and SMSC is part of a series produced by ACT to support the revised National Curriculum for Citizenship 2014. The guide includes:

Resources to help you explain all about Citizenship

It can be very challenging to explain to colleagues and others what Citizenship is all about. In fact some head teachers and subject colleagues still believe that Citizenship was axed in the curriculum review. It was not. Citizenship is part of the KS3 and 4 national curriculum and the GCSE remains, as does the A Level. In order to help with clarity, ACT has produced some new style posters that can be downloaded and displayed in the classroom or staff room or used at governors meetings.

The Global Learning Programme and Citizenship

ACT has been developing a range of activities, advice and guidance to support the Global Learning Programme (GLP), which is a national initiative funded by DfID. The ACT materials include a poster that can be downloaded, enlarged and displayed in the staff room or classroom to promote the GLP and Citizenship, documents to use with senior leaders, parents  and governors and planning documents for teachers in Key Stages 2 and 3. The downloads include:

Talking Justice - new resources from the Prison Reform Trust

The Prison Reform Trust has launched two new, free resources for the public under its Talking Justice programme, funded by the Monument Trust.

Where Do You Stand? - produced in collaboration with the U3A and the Citizenship Foundation - is a set of discussion tools about prison and community sentencing.  This resource is primarily aimed at people aged 16 and above but will also appeal to younger age groups.  What Can I Do? is a bumper new edition of the popular guide to volunteering in the criminal justice system, produced with Pact.



This resource from Christian Aid is now downloadable from the ACT site. The resource is for key stage 2 and 3 pupils.

Teachers can download the pdf of Christian Aids latest Live Differently! poster and assembly unit for featuring in your next notice-board, or free resources listings.

Children's Rights Alliance

A comprehensive website of information, links and resources to support the teaching of rights from The Children's Rights Alliance.

The Children's Rights Alliance work to:


The RSPCA has produced a large number of curriculum-linked resources. So far they have got over 60 lesson ideas that include teacher and pupil fact sheets, pupil activity sheets and engaging photos and pictures. Topics range from Animals and the law to Biodiversity. The topics are aimed at different age groups and cover curriculum material for Science and Citizenship Key stage 1 - 4. Many of these resources are also available in Welsh. All these resources can be found at

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