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Balancing competing rights

Empowering young people through safe space in the classroom

Emotions have run high in the past two months as British teenagers who feel a sense of identification with, or sympathy for, the people of Palestine or Israel have naturally needed to respond to the intense emotions they are experiencing. How can schools provide the support and empowerment that these students need?

Oak National Academy weekly ACT Citizenship Lessons for Years 7-11

We're pleased to be the curriculum partner with the OAK national academy for citizenship.  

ACT teachers have been designing and developing lessons for years 7-11. The online classroom and activities club was set up to help teachers and parents support their pupils and children during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Deliberative Classroom: Religious Freedom

The resources in this Deliberative Classroom pack focus on the topic of Religious Freedom. The pack begins with a briefing paper to help teachers think about the depth of conceptual knowledge students need as they learn about freedom and religious freedom. Additional reading and resources are also suggested.

Supporting pupils and teachers after the Manchester attack

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 - the ACT Building Resilience Project

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.

'Magna Carta: My Digital Rights' published by the British Library

'Magna Carta: My Digital Rights' published by the British Library has been awarded the ACT Quality Mark for Citizenship Teaching Resources.

Teaching about identity, diversity and democracy-some thoughts and ideas from ACT

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.

ACT Citizenship CPD - Module 9 Teaching about controversial issues

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:

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