GCSE exam results are out today (20 August) and following a change in policy are based on teacher assessments (centre assessed grades). Almost 22,000 students achieved the GCSE in Citizenship Studies this summer an 11% increase on last year. This is the third consequtive increase in candidate numbers for the subject.
This short briefing provided by the Association for Citizenship Teaching provides senior leaders in schools with key information about Citizenship, its status in the curriculum and the new Ofsted inspection framework for schools. It sets out the requirements upon all schools to make provision for Citizenship, and how the subject relates to other important national policies.
Our council of teachers recently discussed the support needed by those teaching the new specification for GCSE Citizenship Studies.
Some of our experienced teacher members are going to run GCSE Citizenship Studies teachmeets. The first will be in London in early December 2017 and we hope to run a number of them in various locations.
The ACT Topic Guide on The Electoral System and Political Parties includes an overview of key concepts to address together with practical teaching suggestions and links to resources from Parliament Education Service, the Hansard Society, Bite the Ballot and the English Speaking Union.