Curriculum review: Essential citizenship knowledge must remain in the National Curriculum

Thursday 20 January 2011

Democratic Life welcomes the coalition Government’s plans for a review of the National Curriculum as an opportunity to demonstrate the benefits of citizenship education.  Citizenship education – the only subject in the National Curriculum that teaches about the way democracy, politics, the economy and the law work – is one of the subjects (among others including history, geography and ICT) that may be at risk of losing their statutory status in the curriculum. Later in January Democratic Life will meet with the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove MP to discuss the future of citizenship education and the curriculum review.

Democratic Life also intends to submit evidence to the Expert Panel on the positive contributions that citizenship education makes to the whole life of the school, as well as the essential knowledge (in regards to democracy, politics, the law and the economy) that is, and should be, covered by the citizenship curriculum. We are calling on all of our partner organisations and supporters to also submit evidence to the review.

Democratic Life is a coalition of organisations and individuals committed to strong and effective citizenship education.

Fiona Booth, Chief Executive of the Hansard Society, says, ‘Without citizenship education in the curriculum, students across England will lose the opportunity to learn about politics, our Parliamentary democracy, the law and the economy. We don’t want to see this happen. That’s why the Hansard Society will be supporting Democratic Life’s efforts to submit robust evidence of citizenship’s value to the curriculum review

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