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.
Helen Blachford, Curriculum Leader PSCHE, led work on The ACT Building Resilience Project at Priory School in Portsmouth.
This project focused on critical thinking, problem solving and enquiry skills through three Citizenship lessons with two Year 9 classes. Pupils explored concepts of democracy, rule of law and rights and responsibilities in the context of media bias/falsification in reporting about Islam and Islamophobia.
‘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 Prevent Duty and Controversial Issues: creating a curriculum response through Citizenship' is a new publication that offers guidance to schools and teachers as they consider and develop their response to the Prevent Duty.
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.
The origin of this work was something of a lighthearted challenge - to devise a Citizenship education activity about pirates to be used on September 19th International Talk Like a Pirate Day. The serious aspects however are those that ask about piracy today and explore deep ethical and values questions about the law, human rights and globalisation. The work is perhaps best defined as a toolkit for enabling exploration of a topical and controversial issue and is based around the revised Citizenship education curriculum in England and is aimed at Key Stage 3 students.