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Human rights & responsibilities

Holocaust Memorial Day 2016: Don't Stand By

‘HMD is a time when we seek to learn the lessons of the past and to recognise that genocide does not just take place on its own, it’s a steady process which can begin if discrimination, racism and hatred are not checked and prevented’ (HMD website, January 2016)

International Human Rights Day

International Human Rights Day - 10 December

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted on 10 December 1948. The date has since served to mark Human Rights Day worldwide. This is a specific day every year when Citizenship teachers have a clear route to help their pupils explore many different aspects of human rights. ACT has every December provided high quality advice and guidance regarding IHRD and this year we are taking the opportunity to again draw attention to the importance of teaching about human rights issues.

10 December - International Human Rights Day

Explore International Human Rights Day with your students. Our Professional Officer’s updated blog provides a list of ideas and suggested resources. Draw on the lesson and assembly plans, activities and more to address SMSC and FBV and to strengthen citizenship in your school. Contact us if you require further advice

'Magna Carta' published by the British Library

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

Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

Seventy years after the liberation of Auschwitz there is still much for Citizenship teachers to do in helping pupils make sense of the past and reconciling this with the present, especially the turmoil over events in France this month. At the 2015 Holocaust Memorial Day lecture, Professor Christopher Browning reflected on the role played by the ordinary men and women who actually did the killing by shooting or other means. This is very different from concentrating on the policy makers and organisers.

New DFE guidance on 'Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools'

Following much debate and discussion, DfE has finally produced new guidance called 'Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC in schools'. The guidance applies to all maintained schools and is a response to the so-called Trojan Horse cases and concern by DfE and Ofsted regarding the requirement to prepare pupils for life in modern Britain. ACT is pleased to see the guidance published but is disappointed that though there are clear links to Citizenship and SMSC and Citizenship teaching and learning, there is no specific reference to the subject.

ACT guidance to support revised National Curriculum for Citizenship 2014

ACT has developed a range of guidance and materials to support the revised National Curriculum 2014. The materials include:

Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) has taken place in the UK since 2001, with a UK event and over 2,000 local activities taking place on or around 27 January each year. This date marks the liberation in 1945 of Auschwitz death camp in Poland from Nazi forces by Russian forces  in the final months of the Second World War. The UK played a leading role in establishing HMD as an international day of commemoration in 2000, when 46 governments signed the Stockholm Declaration.


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