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Discussing & debating

Developing an Educational Approach to Prevent and Teaching Controversial Issues

Included here is a recording of the session from our Regional Hub meetings on 1 April 2020. Move to 6 minutes from the start to enjoy the session.

Deliberative Classroom: Democracy, Protest and Change

The resources in this Deliberative Classroom pack focus on the topic of Democracy, Protest and Change. The pack begins with a briefing paper to help teachers think about the depth of conceptual knowledge students need as they learn about democracy and its key characteristics and the different ways citizens can influence change.

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.

Reasoning and Evidence in the Classroom

This article is the third in a series from the English-Speaking Union, supporting teachers to develop the use of speech and debate in the Citizenship classroom.

Listening and response in the classroom

Amanda Moorghen, English Speaking Union, writes about supporting teachers to develop the use of speech and debate in the Citizenship Classroom.

EU - In or Out

Chris Waller outlines some of the major issues in the current EU debate and poses some key discussion questions to spark debate. This is helpful when teaching about the EU or, more specifically, Brexit.

Dial M for Missile - Bringing the Cold War to Life in the Citizenship Classroom

Clare Duncan, Peace Education Assistant at CND Peace Education, reviews their new Cuban Missile Crisis themed active learning resource ‘Dial M for Missile’ and its value for teaching about nuclear weapons in Citizenship education.

Kites not drones

Hayle Davies, teacher of RE and Philosophy and Ethics, talks about a strategy on how to teach about the use of drones. This is helpful when teaching about drone warfare as well as Human Rights.

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.

Using debating in the classroom

Amanda Moorghen, Projects Officer at the English Speaking Union, tackles some of the obstacles to using debate before sharing some practical tips for getting started.
This will be useful when planning a debate with your students.


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