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The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Citizenship Lesson

We have developed this lesson to help you celebrate The Queen’s 70-year reign, whilst also developing some key Citizenship knowledge. Thank you to Jane Haynes, ACT Ambassador, who provided the foundations of the lesson.

Local government, elections and voting key stage 3 lessons

These lessons are designed to support key requirements of the National Curriculum for Citizenship in relation to Government, elections and voting. Developed by ACT Ambassador and Citizenship teacher, Ben Miskell.

What are Human Rights? [20 Lessons 20 years]

 

What are Human Rights? 
Pitch: Key stage 3, year 7

Teacher: Dr Verity Currie, Assistant Headteacher at Enfield Grammar School and ACT Council Member 

20 Lessons for 20 years: Human Rights Lessons

 

What are Human Rights? 
Key stage 3, year 7

This is an introductory lesson to human rights, to get students thinking about their own perceptions of what ‘human rights’ are, what it means to have rights, and the potential implications if a right is taken away.
Developed by Dr Verity Currie, Assistant Headteacher at Enfield Grammar School and ACT Council Member. 

Issue 54 Article: Sustainability in the Citizenship Classroom

In this free article, from the Teaching Citizenship journal, written by ACT Ambassador, Sera Shortland, the role of sustainability within the citizenship classroom is considered as a new bill makes its way through the House of Lords. Proposed by the Right Honourable Sir Jim Knight, the Education (Environment and Sustainable Citizenship) Bill seeks to place learning about climate change and sustainability within the citizenship programme of study.

VotesforSchools VoteTopic: COP26

Will climate change affect children's rights?

ACT are supporting VotesforSchools as they aim to get 100,000 children's voices heard for COP26. 

In the run up to the United Nations conference on climate change in Glasgow this November, COP26, VotesforSchools are working with a range of partner organisations including UNICEF UK to explore with children climate change and its effect on their rights. 

Human Rights Teaching Resources - spotlight

Marking Human Rights Day on December 10th is an excellent opportunity to highlight this area of the curriculum, as well as helping students understand how they can develop their active citizenship skills by advocating for the protection of human rights across the globe.

Below are some resources you can use to help teach this important day:

ACT Journals

Each journal has articles, lesson ideas and advice on classroom practice.

Edition 46 on Human Rights 

150 Citizenship Lessons for Years 7-11

We're pleased to be the curriculum partner with the OAK national academy for citizenship.  

ACT teachers have designed lessons for years 7-11. The online classroom and activities club was set up to help teachers and parents support their pupils and children during the Covid pandemic.

Media Literacy teaching resources

These resources were developed during 2020 by ACT to support the teaching of media literacy through citizenship.

1: Teaching Media Literacy - Covid-19

Put together by experienced secondary citizenship teachers, this first learning activity is designed for use with pupils in key stages 3 and 4. Pupils are introduced to basic media literacy concepts and terms and encouraged to develop their knowledge, source analysis and critical thinking in relation to the different types of information they encounter.

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