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Local government, elections and voting key stage 3 lessons

These lessons are designed to support key requirements of the National Curriculum for Citizenship in relation to Government, elections and voting. Developed by ACT Ambassador and Citizenship teacher, Ben Miskell.

Conspiracy Theories in the Classroom - Guidance for teachers

This document aims to provide teachers with some general guidance on how schools might approach disinformation and conspiracy theories amongst pupils. It contains:

Conspiracy theories and the classroom 

As the American election showed, one of the biggest threats to democracy is the rise of disinformation. And the problem is not likely to go away. The Covid-19 pandemic has led to the spreading of a range of disinformation, misinformation and conspiracy theories.

Working with and learning from two very established organisations, Newseum and PBS.

Citizenship Teacher Sera Shortland reporting on day two of the Media Literacy Educators' Exchange Programme, working with and learning from two very established organisations, Newseum and PBS. 

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.

Supporting pupils and teachers after the Manchester attack

Following the devastating terrorist attack in Manchester, many schools will be dealing with questions and concerns from pupils about what happened and why. It is important for teachers to provide curriculum space to talk about questions and concerns, and challenge misconceptions but not be rushed into a reactive response, particularly while information is still emerging. 

Exploring extremism - the ACT Building Resilience Project

Exploring extremism

Lorellie Canning, Head of Citizenship, led work on The ACT Building Resilience Project at St Bede's & St Joseph’s Catholic College in Bradford.

This project focused on critical thinking, problem solving and enquiry skills, and taking informed and responsible action. It involved five Citizenship lessons with four Year 9 and 10 classes. Pupils explored concepts of extremism and terrorism and the role of the media through critical engagement with real life case studies.

Immigration and protest - a case study of Dover in 2016 - the ACT Building Resilience Project

Immigration and protest - a case study of Dover in 2016

Zoe Baker, Citizenship Teacher, led work on The ACT Building Resilience Project at The Towers School and Sixth Form in Ashford, Kent.

Exploring issues of extremism and radicalisation through enquiry - the ACT Building Resilience Project

Exploring issues of extremism and radicalisation through enquiry

Ryan Mason, Assistant Head Teacher and Teacher in Charge of Citizenship, led work on The ACT Building Resilience Project at Addey and Stanhope School in London.

This project focused on critical thinking through six Citizenship lessons with Year 9 pupils. Pupils explored concepts of extremism, radicalisation and terrorism from different perspectives and carried out independent and small group research using enquiry methodologies.

NCS Make it Happen Social Action Toolkit

The ‘Make it Happen!’ Social Action Toolkit is designed for use by learners with activities and tips for organising successful social action undertaken as part of their citizenship curriculum.

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