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Human rights & responsibilities

Oak National Academy weekly ACT Citizenship Lessons for Years 7-10

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.

Holocaust Memorial Day and Citizenship - Stand Together

This resource has been developed by Zoe Baker to help teachers consider and plan ways in which Citizenship can make an important contribution to educating children about the Holocaust.

Links to activities and teaching ideas are provided.

50th Issue of Teaching Citizenship Journal reaches every secondary school

50th Issue of Teaching Citizenship

We are excited to announce the arrival of the 50th edition of the Teaching Citizenship journal in secondary schools!

Free to Speak Safe to Learn from the Council of Europe

ACT is delighted to support a campaign launched by the Council of Europe, 'Free to Speak, Safe to Learn', which encouarges all schools to become 'Democratic Schools'. 

Council of Europe - Competencies for Democratic Citizenship, Human Rights and Intercultural Understanding

Creating a Democratic Culture through high quality curriculum and teaching

The Council of Europe Competency Framework for Democratic Culture

The Council of Europe recently supported the Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT) to lead a small project to consult with teachers in England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales about a competency framework developed to support education for democratic citizenship, human rights and intercultural understanding.

The Council of Europe has identified four key purposes of education:

Religions, belief and intercultural education

Robert Jackson, visiting Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences Education at Stockholm University, explores the inter-relationship between religion and belief, human rights and citizenship education.

Human rights in art and history

John Hamer, Director of an educational consultancy and an expert consultant to the Council of Europe on history education, provides a substantial resource which has been developed by the Council of Europe to explore the connections between art history and a host of contemporary citizenship issues. This will be helpful when teaching about Human Rights.

Children's rights and education - 25 years of the UNCRC

Frances Bestley, Programme Director for the Rights Respecting Schools Award at UNICEF UK, reflects on the implications of the UN Convention on the Rights on the Child for education.

2015 - Parliament in the making

Holly Greenland, Learning and Digital Projects Manager and Caterina Loriggio, 2015 Anniversaries Senior Campaign Manager. write about connecting the celebrations of the Manga Carta and the De Montfort Parliament as well as providing a description of the numerous activities and resources being planned by parliament for teachers.

Why Magna Carta still matters

Justin Fisher, Professor of Political Science at Brunel University, discusses the importance of Magna Carta to the contemporary political landscape. He shows the impact of the ideas enshrined in 1215 on the development of representative democracy and the rule of law in the UK.


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