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Media literacy through citizenship - new learning activities and CPD

New media literacy pupil learning activities and materials are being released today. This is the first phase of an exciting new project supported by the US Embassy in London. 

ACT has been funded to develop a series of media literacy education interventions designed to counter misinformation and build young people's capacity to critically engage with news and information. 

Glasgow Girls in the Classroom

Issue 49 of ACT journal Teaching Citizenship is out! Download free article 'Glasgow Girls in the Classroom', the third of three related articles in the journal*.

You can access the whole journal by becoming a member of ACT.

Democratic life - Democracy in action

In this article Lee Jerome, Associate professor of Education, reports on an interview with Liz Moorse, Chief Executive of Act, about the activities of Democratic Life, which has played an instrumental role in bringing about this change in fortune.

Having a Say - Suffrage Citizenship Lessons


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.

First News ACTive Citizenship Award Scheme Teacher and Pupil Toolkits

The First News ACTive Citizenship Award Scheme provides: An award scheme to celebrate and acknowledge positive changes children are making in their communities; A toolkit to support, engage and empower children to become change makers, and to lead action on real issues they are concerned and passionate about; and curriculum guidance for teachers; A media platform, through First News, for children to report and share the changes they are making. Get your teacher and pupil toolkits.

Teaching Suffrage - inspiring new Citizenship and History resources for schools

Today we are delighted that new Citizenship and History teaching resources have been published for secondary schools. www.suffrageresources.org.uk

The resources have been developed by ACT and the Historical Association with support from the Cabinet Office and the Government Equalities Office as part of work to celebrate 100 years of votes for women.

MP6 - young people politically speaking

Sera Shortland, Citizenship Coordinator at Hamilton Community College, talks about MP6, a public speaking political competition she set up to help students articulate their views about controversial issues. This is helpful when teaching Active Citizenship.

Young active citizens

Jamie Kelsey-Fry, author of the Rax Active Citizenship Toolkit, has outlined an overall approach to encouraging active citizenship, focusing specifically on how to work with the media. This is helpful when teaching about Active Citizenship as well as climate change.

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