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.
ACT has developed this 'Big Picture for Outstanding Citizenship' to help teachers and schools design a curriculum that prepares pupils for the challenges and responsibilities of the 21st century and to develop high quality citizenship provision.
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
This module aims to provide LA advisers with the opportunity to consider disciplined innovation in curriculum planning and give participants the opportunity to plan a cross-curricular unit of work and develop active citizenship. The work was created at the time of the Rose Review and references the Historical, Geographical and Social Area of Understanding approach to planning and will encourage curriculum renewal.
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.