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 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.
ACT's one page Citizenship Curriculum Framework provides an outline of the Citizenship skills and aptitudes, values and dispositions, knowledge and understanding, and concepts that children will develop and learn about. It is designed to help teachers think about the key aspects of the subject when designing, planning and implementing a high quality Citizenship curriculum at key stage 2 and 3 that contributes to personal development.
The 'Having a Say' Citizenship resources have been developed by ACT with support from the Historical Association, the Cabinet Office and the Government Equalities Office. They form part of a wider set of history and Citizenship resources to celebrate 100 years of votes for women.
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.
This Summary provides an overview of the knowledge and understanding about democracy that should be developed through the subject of Citizenship. Democracy is a key overaching concept that brings together many themes and dimensions of the subject.
The resources comes with ready to use pupil resource sheets, to introduce pupils to some of the key characteristics of democracy using a balloon debate activity. It can be adapted for use with key stage 3 and 4 pupils who are just begining to learn about the concept of democracy or for those who have been studying democracy as a way to check understanding of the key ideas.
Teaching Democracy - Compulsory voting? is a lesson and pupils' resources designed for use in secondary schools.
'Let's get elected' is a set of teaching activities and resources for students to help develop knowledge and understanding of local democracy and elections using the context of electing the Mayor of London. Pupils explore the process of electoral campaigning to be a city mayor by working in teams to put together an election campaign.
The lesson was designed for use with year 7 and can be adapted for other age groups and election contexts.
This teaching resource was orginally developed by teachers at Blackfen Girls School and has been updated by ACT.