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.
Workshops and seminars explored teaching themes including democracy, critical media literacy, fake news, British Values, student voice, political literacy, voting and youthquake. Five organisations also provided taster sessions and teaching tips.
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.
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.
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.
Nick Hills, Head of Citizenship, led work on The ACT Building Resilience Project at the Anglo European School in Essex.
This project focused on critical thinking, problem solving and enquiry skills, and taking informed and responsible actions through five Citizenship lessons with Year 7 pupils. Pupils developed understanding of the concept of community, explored diverse viewpoints and learned why some people hold extreme opinions and undertake terrorist acts.
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.