Following the devastating terrorist attack in Manchester, many schools will be dealing with questions and concerns from pupils about what happened and why. It is important for teachers to provide curriculum space to talk about questions and concerns, and challenge misconceptions but not be rushed into a reactive response, particularly while information is still emerging.
Immigration and protest - a case study of Dover in 2016
Zoe Baker, Citizenship Teacher, led work on The ACT Building Resilience Project at The Towers School and Sixth Form in Ashford, Kent.
This project focused on problem solving and enquiry skills through four Citizenship lessons with Year 7 and 8 classes. Pupils critically examined the use of social media in radical action, evaluated what is meant by taking informed and responsible action and advocated how social actions need to be balanced in a democracy between rights and responsibilities.
The recent discussions about British identity, the success of UKIP in the European elections in May and the Trojan Horse incidents in Birmingham have all focussed attention on the importance of high quality Citizenship being a core part of education for young people and also at the heart of the way the school relates to the community it is set in. Citizenship teachers can initiate conversations with colleagues in school about these matters and also create powerful lesson opportunities to help pupils explore the complexity of living together in the UK.
This module explores what makes an issue controversial. It supports participants by providing tools and information needed in order to teach about controversial issues in an effective and engaging way.You can download this module here. TEACHING ABOUT CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES
ACT have developed a range of CPD modules to support the training and development of all those engaged in teaching citizenship. Each module has the same structure with: