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Topical Issues 1 The Scottish referendum and the future of the UK

In the first of a new series of Topical Issues briefings for teachers, ACT offers guidance to help you explore The Scottish referendum and future of the UK.

Accrediting active citizenship through the EPQ - guidance for AQA qualification

Active Citizenship Projects - Guidance for Supervisors
This guidance has been written by Kevin Walker. Kevin is a Citizenship teacher with many years’ experience as a project supervisor and centre co-ordinator. He is also a member of the senior team of examiners for Citizenship GCE and the EPQ. He acts as a projects advisor and provides CPD in Citizenship education.

Deliberative Classroom: General Guidance

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.

General Election Teaching Resources

The ACT Topic Guide on The Electoral System and Political Parties includes an overview of key concepts to address together with practical teaching suggestions and links to resources from Parliament Education Service, the Hansard Society, Bite the Ballot and the English Speaking Union.

The Global Learning Programme and Prevent

ACT and the Global Learning Programme (GLP) have mapped out the connections between 'British values' and global learning through the perspective of Citizenship Studies.

The overview, The Global Learning Programme and Prevent, considers some of the key questions ​and​ debates addressed in the Citizenship curriculum and identifies resources that will support teachers in this area of work.

Political Ideologies - the ACT Building Resilience Project

Political Ideologies

Sanum Khan, Head of Citizenship, led work on The ACT Building Resilience Project at Chalfonts Community College in Buckinghamshire.

The project focused on critical thinking, problem solving and enquiry skills and taking informed and responsible actions through eight Citizenship lessons with about sixty Year 9 students. Pupils explored different political ideologies and the controversial issues of freedom fighting, extremism and popular uprising using national and international case studies.

Extremism and terrorism as reported in the media - the ACT Building Resilience Project

Extremism and terrorism as reported in the media

Helen Blachford, Curriculum Leader PSCHE, led work on The ACT Building Resilience Project at Priory School in Portsmouth.

This project focused on critical thinking, problem solving and enquiry skills through three Citizenship lessons with two Year 9 classes. Pupils explored concepts of democracy, rule of law and rights and responsibilities in the context of media bias/falsification in reporting about Islam and Islamophobia.

Citizenship Essentials to help you plan or update your Citizenship curriculum provision for 2016-17

We have pulled together our Citizenship Essentials to help Citizenship subject leaders and teachers plan or update their Citizenship curriculum provision for 2016-17.

Below are links to key ACT resources, some of which are free for the public to access and some of which can be accessed through association membership. This selection will help Citizenship subject leaders and teachers plan and update their Citizenship provision.                                                 

NCS Teaching Guide

The Teaching Guide is part of a set of materials written and developed by ACT in partnership with NCS trust. Download here (pdf)

The Prevent Duty and Controversial Issues: creating a curriculum response through Citizenship

'The Prevent Duty and Controversial Issues: creating a curriculum response through Citizenship' is a new publication that offers guidance to schools and teachers as they consider and develop their response to the Prevent Duty.

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