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The Rights Idea? Teaching Resource developed by Exeter University, NYAS and NACCC

The Rights Idea? developed by the University of Exeter in collaboration with NYAS and NACCC has been awarded the ACT Quality Mark for Citizenship teaching resources.

Oak National Academy weekly ACT Citizenship Lessons for Years 7-11

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.

Holocaust Memorial Day and Citizenship - Stand Together

This resource has been developed by Zoe Baker to help teachers consider and plan ways in which Citizenship can make an important contribution to educating children about the Holocaust.

Links to activities and teaching ideas are provided.

Briefing for Schools on political education, maintaining impartiality and avoiding partisan activity

This briefing is based on DFE advice to schools. It summarises key things for schools to consider when teaching politics and political issues in a broad and balanced curriculum. It summarises relevant aspects of the law in relation to remaining impartial and avoiding partisan activity.

 

The Deliberative Classroom Films

These three short films illustrate whole school strategies and classroom approaches from two schools to show how they create a safe space for the discussion of controversial and sensitive issues through knowledge based classroom debate.

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.

Journeys to Citizenship. Exploring the experiences of new citizens in the UK.

This resource was devised by Professor Bridget Byrne* in association with ACT. Professor Byrne carried out interviews with new entrants to the UK in 2017, asking especially about their experiences of becoming a British citizen and why they chose to do this. The case studies are real and raise interesting questions about identity and belonging. They can be used within lessons that explore aspects of Britishness and British values. The case studies also tell of disturbing stories of the process of choosing to become a citizen and reflect on the nature of belonging.

Deliberative Classroom: Religious Freedom

The resources in this Deliberative Classroom pack focus on the topic of Religious Freedom. The pack begins with a briefing paper to help teachers think about the depth of conceptual knowledge students need as they learn about freedom and religious freedom. Additional reading and resources are also suggested.

Citizenship teaching strategies build young people's resilience to extremism

The ACT Building Resilience Project is now live on our website. Materials include teaching resources and strategies, key findings and evidence of impact, and recommendations for teachers, school leaders and the government.

The ACT Building Resilience Project involved teachers in schools across England developing innovative Citizenship teaching strategies to build young people's criticality and resilience to extremism and being drawn into terrorism.

The ACT Building Resilience Project - A Case Study

Scott Amott is Head of Citizenship and PFL at Heanor Gate Science College. This article was first published in the Autumn 2016 issue of ACT's journal 'Teaching Citizenship'.

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