We're pleased to be the curriculum partner with the OAK national academy for citizenship.
ACT teachers have been designing and developing lessons for years 7-11. The online classroom and activities club was set up to help teachers and parents support their pupils and children during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Scott Amott, Head of Citizenship and PFL, led work on The ACT Building Resilience Project at Heanor Gate Science College in Derbyshire.
This project focused on critical thinking and enquiry skills through five Citizenship lessons with Year 7 classes. Pupils explored the concept of extremism and right wing political ideologies through critical engagement with case studies and the role played by the media and community. They also considered the responsible actions they might take in light of their investigations.
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.
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.
The recent discussions about British identity, the success of UKIP in the European elections in May and the Trojan Horse incidents in Birmingham have all focussed attention on the importance of high quality Citizenship being a core part of education for young people and also at the heart of the way the school relates to the community it is set in. Citizenship teachers can initiate conversations with colleagues in school about these matters and also create powerful lesson opportunities to help pupils explore the complexity of living together in the UK.