The origin of this work was something of a lighthearted challenge - to devise a Citizenship education activity about pirates to be used on September 19th International Talk Like a Pirate Day. The serious aspects however are those that ask about piracy today and explore deep ethical and values questions about the law, human rights and globalisation. View the resource here.
The term ‘Citizenship’ means different things, to different people, in different contexts. Citizenship education is therefore often misunderstood. This training session outlines these different interpretations, and clarifies what Citizenship is really all about. It argues that Citizenship is not just a new subject, but a new kind of subject, and more than a subject. You can download this module here. WHAT IS CITIZENSHIP?
This module will help focus subject leads towards the actions that can help establish their subject within their school, with the pupils, staff and leadership. This module can be downloaded here. ROLE OF THE SUBJECT LEADER IN CITIZENSHIP
The purpose of this training session is to clarify what Citizenship education is and is not and enables Governors to evaluate their school experience against this. The work also explores the aspirations of Citizenship education and reflects on the notion of the Citizenship-rich school. This module can be downloaded here. GOVERNORS AND CITIZENSHIP
This module is designed to highlight the importance of justice as a concept in citizenship education and to indicate ways in which teachers can use justice issues in their teaching. Questions of justice offer considerable benefits to teaching and learning in citizenship education; assisting with the development of questioning, argument, discussion, and other thinking skills. This module can be downloaded here. TEACHING ABOUT JUSTICE
Becoming politically literate is a key aim of citizenship education. Professor (Sir) Bernard Crick wrote, "We aim at no less than a change in the political culture of this country both nationally and locally: for people to think of themselves as active citizens, willing, able and equipped to have influence in public life." (The Advisor Group Report on Citizenship and Teaching Democracy in Schools, QCA 1998). The purpose of this module is to help teachers become confident with teaching this essential aspect of the subject.
This module will help participants consider the experience of student voice of all pupils. Does it reinforce or undermine their Citizenship teaching? It may be positive or negative but it will not be neutral. This training session gives an understanding of what linking Citizenship and student voice might mean in participants’ schools, and helps them to understand and benefit from this interdependence. You can download this module here.
This module explores what makes an issue controversial. It supports participants by providing tools and information needed in order to teach about controversial issues in an effective and engaging way.You can download this module here. TEACHING ABOUT CONTROVERSIAL ISSUES
ACT have developed a range of CPD modules to support the training and development of all those engaged in teaching citizenship. Each module has the same structure with: