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ACT National Conference 2018 Materials and Resources

Youthquake: Young People and the Future of Democracy
National Teacher Conference for Citizenship, SMSC, British Values, Politics
Saturday 7 July 2018, City Hall, London

Citizenship and Democracy education took centre stage on 7 July as over 90 education professionals came together to share and learn from each other, discuss the importance of democracy education today and celebrate all that is good about Citizenship education.

Young active citizens from Hamilton Academy in Leicestershire launched the conference with a film they made about the importance of Citizenship education:

Joanne McCartney AM, Deputy London Mayor for Education and Childcare, welcomed participants to City Hall.

James Sloam, a youth citizenship expert from Royal Holloway, University of London, shared his work on 'Youthquake: Young People and the 2017 General Election':

A sofa chat then brought together the young active citizens, James Sloam and Nicky Cox MBE, Editor-in-Chief of First News. Chaired by Lee Jerome of Middlesex University, they discussed what schools are doing well and what they should improve on in order to promote young people’s engagement in politics and democracy, the best examples of young people’s political engagement they have come across and, reflecting on their experiences, what their top bit of advice for citizenship teachers is.

Workshops and seminars explored teaching themes including democracy, critical media literacy, fake news, British Values, student voice, political literacy, voting and youthquake. Micro-seminars provided taster sessions and teaching tips. Download resources (members only)

  1. Creating a deliberative classroom (English-Speaking Union and Middlesex University)
  2. Tokenism and toilets: What does your school council teach your pupils? (Smart School Councils)
  3. Education for democracy: critical engagement with your local context to promote active Citizenship (London Curriculum)
  4. Engaging students in democracy (Kingston University School of Education)
  5. Parliament, politics and active citizenship in your classroom (Parliament Education Service)
  6. Taster sessions and teaching tips were provided by: The Politics Project; Send My Friend to School; Burnet News Club (Economist Educational Foundation); Team London Ambassadors; and Shout Out UK.

EqualiTeas and Vote 100 - the conference marked 100 years since the extension of voting rights and the ongoing work needed to achieve full equality. We celebrated Vote 100 with an EqualiTeas and reflected on citizenship education's central role in educating pupils about equality and democracy.

Our EqualiTeas speaker, the Rt Hon Baroness Garden of Frognal, Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords, closed the conference with a rousing speech.

"In working for a free and fair society, we should aim for every individual to be aware of the contribution they can make to that society, to have aspirations to achieve and confidence in their skills. Our education provision should be designed to encourage intellectual and practical learning. That learning, and achievement, should be reflected both inside and outside school, and citizenship education is a key vehicle to show how that can be done."

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