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20 Lessons for 20 Years Collection

We are celebrating the fantastic work that is carried out every day in our Citizenship community of teachers as part of our 20th year by showcasing and sharing our community of teachers favourite lessons, that encompass the knowledge, skills and understanding pupils develop through Citizenship education. Check back regularly to see lesson updates

What are Human Rights? 
Pitch: 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.

The Human rights linking activity has always been a favourite of mine.  I like a lot of discussion and debate in lessons. Lots of playing with ideas and concepts and pushing students to think in more depth and outside of their usual viewpoint. This is why I have chosen this lesson - for where it leads to and for student engagement and progress. 

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

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Rights up your street 
Pitch: Key stage 3, year 7
Teacher: Developed by Steven Humphries, Head of Citizenship and PSHE at Altrincham Grammar School for Girls in Manchester and ACT Ambassador.

This lesson aims to give an introduction and overview of human rights. It focuses on the human rights listed in the Universal Declaration of Human rights drafted by the United Nations. It is adapted from an Amnesty International resource.

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Religious freedom in our school 
Pitch: Key stage 3-4, years 8-10 
Teacher: Dr Lee Jerome

This lesson has been written by Dr Lee Jerome, as part of his deliberative classroom resource, and encourages students to discuss the principles of religious freedom and tolerance, and to consider criteria for limiting such freedoms. A draft resolution is provided, which the teacher may want to alter to provide more or less controversy, or to reflect the religious diversity (or lack of it) in the school. Students should then have an opportunity to debate the proposal and table amendments to seek a consensus or at least to maximise the majority supporting the final proposal. This lesson has close cross-curricular links with RS.

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How sustainable is our future? 
Pitch: KS3/KS4
Teacher: Terri Barry, ACT Ambassador, Brockhill Park Performing Arts College.Teacher: 
Terri Barry, ACT Ambassador, Brockhill Park Performing Arts College.

This lessons aims to introduce pupils to the concept of sustainability. They will gain an understanding of the context of the Sustainable Development Goals as well as learn what was included in the 15 year plan set out by the UN. A range of changemakers are considered to identify how the development goals can be met whilst considering pupils' personal responsibility in being accountable, active citizens.

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How are Bills debated in parliament? (2 part lesson)
Pitch: KS4
Teacher: Sera Shortland, ACT and UK Parliament Teacher Ambassador, New College Leicester.

In this lesson, students are introduced to the skills needed for debate before taking part in a model second reading debate in the House of Lords. They will review contributions made at the second reading of Lord Knight's Education (Environment and Sustainable Citizenship) Bill before considering their position and deciding if they would vote for or against movement of the Bill.

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Active citizenship for sustainability issues
Pitch: KS3/4
Teaacher: Ayla Malik, ACT Ambassador, Leeds City Academy.

This lessons allows pupils to explore what young climate changemakers and campaigners currently do to create positive change. By analysing the examples of individuals involved in different campaigns and actions pupils will develop an understanding of the different forms responsible active Citizenship they can take forward with them into adulthood. 

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