We're pleased to be working in partnership with the OAK national academy to develop citizenship lessons for secondary age pupils. ACT teachers have been designing and developing lessons for years 7-10. The online classroom and activities club was set up to help teachers and parents support their pupils and children during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The 'Having a Say' Citizenship resources have been developed by ACT with support from the Historical Association, the Cabinet Office and the Government Equalities Office. They form part of a wider set of history and Citizenship resources to celebrate 100 years of votes for women.
This article from the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law considers some of the international issues related to the Rule of Law in KS4. In doing so, it highlights how important it is to approach the teaching of this value from the perspective of knowledge (what do we need to know and understand to use the concept of the Rule of Law?) and critical thinking skills (how do we use the concept to think about the nature of justice?)
Xiao Hui Eng, Research Fellow at the Bingham Centre, for the Rule of Law, introduces ‘the rule of law’ and outlines its relevance for Citizenship teaching. It is followed by a sample classroom activity from a resource pack.
‘A teaching framework for exploring and understanding criminal sentencing in England and Wales’ published by Sentencing Council for England and Wales has been awarded the ACT Quality Mark for Citizenship Teaching Resources.
The Prison Reform Trust has launched two new, free resources for the public under its Talking Justice programme, funded by the Monument Trust.
Where Do You Stand? - produced in collaboration with the U3A and the Citizenship Foundation - is a set of discussion tools about prison and community sentencing. This resource is primarily aimed at people aged 16 and above but will also appeal to younger age groups. What Can I Do? is a bumper new edition of the popular guide to volunteering in the criminal justice system, produced with Pact.
This module is designed to highlight the importance of justice as a concept in citizenship education and to indicate ways in which teachers can use justice issues in their teaching. Questions of justice offer considerable benefits to teaching and learning in citizenship education; assisting with the development of questioning, argument, discussion, and other thinking skills. This module can be downloaded here. TEACHING ABOUT JUSTICE