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Parallel election teaching resource

Elections provide a key moment for teaching about the political system, voting and democracy. This resource on Parallel elections has been developed to help teachers plan and undertake a parallel election with their pupils.

Briefing for Schools on political education, maintaining impartiality and avoiding partisan activity

This briefing is based on DFE advice to schools. It summarises key things for schools to consider when teaching politics and political issues in a broad and balanced curriculum. It summarises relevant aspects of the law in relation to remaining impartial and avoiding partisan activity.

 

Opportunities for Economic and Finance Education in Citizenship

This curriculum framework will help you think about the opportunities for teaching Economic and Finance Education (EFE) in Citizenship. 

High quality EFE enables pupils to understand their role as responsible, active citizens in a modern, global society and builds understanding about how their choices and decisions relate to the economic and financial issues at personal, societal and global level.

Curriculum planning, personal development and the new Ofsted framework - CPD materials and resources

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.

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.

The Deliberative Classroom General Guidance for Teachers

The Deliberative Classroom General Guidance for teachers explains why schools need to address topical issues in the curriculum as part of their work to build resilience to radicalisation and extremism and develop understanding of democracy and citizenship. The resources support teachers in developing student knowledge and skills of critical thinking that are necessary for informed debate.

The Guidance also:

Free to Speak Safe to Learn from the Council of Europe

ACT is delighted to support a campaign launched by the Council of Europe, 'Free to Speak, Safe to Learn', which encouarges all schools to become 'Democratic Schools'. 

Council of Europe - Competencies for Democratic Citizenship, Human Rights and Intercultural Understanding

Creating a Democratic Culture through high quality curriculum and teaching

The Council of Europe Competency Framework for Democratic Culture

The Council of Europe recently supported the Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT) to lead a small project to consult with teachers in England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales about a competency framework developed to support education for democratic citizenship, human rights and intercultural understanding.

The Council of Europe has identified four key purposes of education:

ACT's Citizenship Curriculum Framework

ACT's one page Citizenship Curriculum Framework provides an outline of the Citizenship skills and aptitudes, values and dispositions, knowledge and understanding, and concepts that children will develop and learn about. It is designed to help teachers think about the key aspects of the subject when designing, planning and implementing a high quality Citizenship curriculum at key stage 2 and 3 that contributes to personal development.

Dial M for Missile - Bringing the Cold War to Life in the Citizenship Classroom

Clare Duncan, Peace Education Assistant at CND Peace Education, reviews their new Cuban Missile Crisis themed active learning resource ‘Dial M for Missile’ and its value for teaching about nuclear weapons in Citizenship education.

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