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General Election 2015 - FREE materials for teachers

General Election 2015 - FREE material for teachers

Parliament has been brought to a close and the General Election is just around the corner.

Teaching Citizenship Issue 41 is full of ideas, resources, lesson plans, useful articles and briefings to help you teach about the election. Click here to download a special extract.

General Election 2015 - FREE materials for teachers

General Election 2015 - FREE material for teachers

Parliament has been brought to a close and the General Election is just around the corner.

Teaching Citizenship Issue 41 is full of ideas, resources, lesson plans, useful articles and briefings to help you teach about the election. Click here to download a special extract.

Minister announces content of reformed GSCEs in Citizenship Studies

The DFE Minister for School Reform, Nick Gibb MP, has published the revised content for GCSE Citizenship Studies today (12 February 2015).

The new content will be used by the three awarding organisations AQA, Edexcel and OCR as they prepare new GCSE specifications for first teaching in 2016. GCSE Citizenship Studies is one of the subjects that can count towards the new progress 8 performance table measure.

Help us improve revised GCSEs in Citizenship Studies

ACT council met last weekend to discuss the consultation proposals from the DFE and Ofqual for revised GCSEs in Citizenship Studies. We have agreed to run a survey seeking your feedback to help guide how ACT should respond.

Now we need your help in three specific ways.

Ofqual and DfE launch GCSE Citizenship consultations-it is vital that you take part

On Wednesday September 25th 2014 both the DfE and Ofqual launched their consultations on proposed GCSE reforms for examinations to be taught from 2016. The consultations include proposals for revisions to GCSEs in Citizenship Studies.

GCSE Citizenship Studies results 2014 show signs of subject growth

GCSE results day 2014 is often one of mixed emotions but this year there are really positive signs for Citizenship and the hard work of teachers and students must absolutely be congratulated.

But what do the statistics tell us about GCSE Citizenship Studies? How is the the subject doing both in terms of numbers of achieving the qualification and the standards attained by students?

Resources to help you explain all about Citizenship

It can be very challenging to explain to colleagues and others what Citizenship is all about. In fact some head teachers and subject colleagues still believe that Citizenship was axed in the curriculum review. It was not. Citizenship is part of the KS3 and 4 national curriculum and the GCSE remains, as does the A Level. In order to help with clarity, ACT has produced some new style posters that can be downloaded and displayed in the classroom or staff room or used at governors meetings.

DFE confirms GCSE Citizenship Studies to be reformed for 2016

Michael Gove has announced today (9 April 2014) further reforms to GCSE and A level qualifications. Citizenship Studies will be in the first group of GCSE qualification subjects to be reformed.

DFE preparing to update GCSE Citizenship Studies

Yesterday, ACT and the Citizenship Foundation attended a meeting with the DFE, Ofqual and Awarding organisations to discuss updating the GCSEs for Citizenship Studies. The meeting was to begin the process of reviewing the subject criteria which are used by Ofqual to ensure the quality and rigour of new qualifications developed by AQA, Edexcel and OCR. 

The meeting involved a constructive discussion of the relationship between the new key stage 4 statutory programme of study for Citizenship (which takes effect from September 2014) and updated GCSE qualifications for the subject.

GCSE Citizenship Studies results for summer 2013

GCSE results out today (22 August 2013) show a continued shift from the short course to the full course for GCSE Citizenship Studies. This is in line with other subjects and reflects recent changes by the DFE to school performance tables which will now only report results for full course GCSEs.

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