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Handling sensitive & controversial issues

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:

Teacher Fact Sheets

These resources are for teachers, particularly non specialists, tutors and heads of year who will find this useful to help lead discussions with young people about significant news events.

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.

150 Citizenship Lessons for Years 7-11

We're pleased to be the curriculum partner with the OAK national academy for citizenship.  

ACT teachers have designed 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 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.

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