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Rt Hon David Blunkett and Keith Ajegbo 'in conversation'

At the ACT National Conference and AGM on Tuesday 30 June 2015, David Blunkett discussed his experiences of 28 years in Parliament and vision for the future of citizenship education with Sir Keith Ajegbo.

As Secretary of State, David Blunkett set up the Advisory Group for Citizenship and Teaching of Democracy in schools, chaired by ACT founder Professor Sir Bernard Crick. This led to Citizenship Studies becoming a statutory National Curriculum subject in secondary schools from 2002.

David delivered the keynote at the ACT National Conference and AGM in 2013, touching on many issues to do with the history and future of Citizenship education. He became ACT's Honorary President in February 2015.

Keith Ajegbo was Head of Deptford Green School for 20 years, retiring in July 2006. During his time as Head the school gained a national reputation for its work in citizenship education. He received the OBE for services to education in 1996 and was knighted in 2007.

Keith led the writing of the report for the Secretary of State for Education on ‘Diversity and Citizenship’, launched in January 2007, and worked as an adviser to the government from 2006–9. He is Chair of the Stephen Lawrence Trust and of the Migration Museum Project’s education group. Keith is a member of the Speaker's Advisory Council on public engagement and an honorary fellow of Goldsmiths, University of London.

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