Democratic Life is delighted to make a submission today to the latest Youth Select Committee inquiry chaired by 18 year old MYP for Solihull, Natasha Browne. The Committee is the initiative of the British Youth Council and supported by the House of Commons and politicians including the Speaker, Rt Hon John Bercow. In our submission [...]…Continue reading 'Democratic Life submission to the Youth Select Committee inquiry urges Head Teachers to make better Citizenship education a priority'
Democratic Life submission to the Youth Select Committee inquiry urges Head Teachers to make better Citizenship education a priority
Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
Friday, April 26th, 2013
This week, Democratic Life supporter, the British Youth Council announced a new inquiry by the Youth Select Committee into the role of the education system and the National Curriculum in equipping young people with the skills for later life. The inquiry, chaired by 18 year old Natasha Browne, Member of the Youth Parliament for Solihull, will [...]…Continue reading 'Inquiry into education and life skills launched by Youth Select Committee'
Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
Democratic Life would like to thank everyone who responded to the DFE consultation on the proposed secondary curriculum. We know well over a hundred of you used our handy response form and many others have told us they have submitted responses by email. Thank you for taking the time to make your views known about [...]…Continue reading 'DFE consultation on proposed National Curriculum has closed. Thanks for your support!'
Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
Democratic Life is urging everyone to respond to the DFE consultation on proposals for the secondary National Curriculum. We have made it easy for you by creating a handy form. It is pre-filled with our response, which you can leave in, edit or replace. When you click ‘Send’, it goes straight to the Department for [...]…Continue reading 'It’s time to respond to the DFE curriculum consultation!'
Friday, March 15th, 2013
Democratic Life’s campaign has hit the headlines again this week, with a feature in free education news publication SecEd. The article highlights the success of our work together so far and that there is still more to do to. You can help us improve the DFE draft programmes of study which are out for consultation [...]…Continue reading 'Citizenship and Democratic Life hit the headlines again!'
Thursday, March 7th, 2013
The former Education Minister and peer, Andrew Adonis made a passionate speech in the House of Lords debate on votes at 16 last month, highlighting why education and democracy go hand in hand and why he believes Citizenship education is so important. Lord Adonis said in his speech, It was Aristotle who said: “We are [...]…Continue reading 'Lord Andrew Adonis speaks out on why we need Citizenship education'
Friday, March 1st, 2013
Democratic Life would like to thank you for your support in securing Citizenship in the secondary National Curriculum. This is a significant achievement. However, there is more work to do to ensure the new curriculum is the best it can be. We still need your help! The announcement made in the House of Commons on [...]…Continue reading '‘We did it together! Citizenship remains – but we still need your help’'
Friday, February 8th, 2013
Democratic Life is delighted that Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education has confirmed citizenship will continue as a National Curriculum foundation subject in secondary schools. The announcement made in the House of Commons signals this government is committed to citizenship as a curriculum subject that every child, in every school must be taught. Responding [...]…Continue reading 'Michael Gove commits to statutory National Curriculum citizenship in every school'
Heads and Governors should be demanding high quality Citizenship education, says President of NEEC 2013 David Blunkett MP
Friday, January 18th, 2013
David Blunkett MP opened the North of England Education Conference in Sheffield this week by calling on Head teachers and governors to rise above the current politicisation of education and demand high quality Citizenship in their schools. In his speech David Blunkett, who is President of the North of England Education Conference 2013 (twitter #NEEC2013), [...]…Continue reading 'Heads and Governors should be demanding high quality Citizenship education, says President of NEEC 2013 David Blunkett MP'
Friday, November 2nd, 2012
Democratic Life is delighted to have been accepted as a partner in Parliament Week, an initiative to build greater awareness of, and engagement with parliamentary democracy in the UK. Our supporting organisations have a range of events and resources to support learning about democracy and parliament and there is more on the Parliament Week website. [...]…Continue reading 'Democratic Life delighted to be a partner in Parliament Week 19-25 November 2012'
Friday, October 12th, 2012
Great news for teachers and others as Democratic Life supporter the Five Nations Network launches a new round of funding for Citizenship projects. The Five Nations Network is encouraging teachers and others to apply for small grants to undertake action research projects into Citizenship and values education. Applicants will need to ensure their projects meet [...]…Continue reading 'Funding available for Citizenship and values projects from the Five Nations Network'
Thursday, October 4th, 2012
Today the Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT) has launched a teacher survey to find out about the state of Citizenship education in schools across England. In particular the Association is keen to hear from teachers about the impact of the Ebacc on GCSE Citizenship Studies and the effects of the government’s National Curriculum review on [...]…Continue reading 'Teacher Survey on Citizenship – ACT now!'
Friday, August 3rd, 2012
As all eyes are on the Olympics and debate continues about what Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony says about who we are and what we value – its a great time to talk about Citizenship Education. At Democratic Life, as well as keeping one eye on our athletes, we continue work on our goal of building [...]…Continue reading 'Primary Citizenship matters, now more than ever'
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
Last week, representatives from Democratic Life were involved in two meetings at the Department for Education (DFE) to discuss the future of Citizenship education. The fact that dialogue continues is in itself, we think, positive. The discussions allowed us to raise a range of concerns about the way in which recent government policies and the [...]…Continue reading 'It’s good that dialogue continues with DFE about Citizenship'
Thursday, June 14th, 2012
This week the Secretary of State, Michael Gove MP announced his proposals for a new primary curriculum with a focus on high expectations for all subjects. Details of the proposed secondary curriculum have not yet been announced but are expected soon. In a letter to Tim Oates – who has led the Expert Panel advising [...]…Continue reading '‘High expectations’ – Government proposals for a new primary curriculum'
Citizenship education now taught in all European countries but specialist training for teachers lacking
Friday, June 1st, 2012
There might be much uncertainty in Europe right now, but there is consensus over at least one thing. All European countries now teach Citizenship education. Yesterday the European Commission published a report compiled on their behalf by the Eurydice network which showed all EU member states have integrated Citizenship education into their primary and secondary [...]…Continue reading 'Citizenship education now taught in all European countries but specialist training for teachers lacking'
Friday, April 27th, 2012
Yesterday I watched a replay of…Continue reading 'Gove tells Education Select Committee the National Curriculum an ‘evolving’ benchmark for schools'
Thursday, March 22nd, 2012
Teachers, subject experts, politicians and organisations joined together today to discuss the ‘Future shape of the National Curriculum beyond Core Subjects’. This timely discussion was organised by the Westminster Education Policy Forum. Shadow Minister for Schools, Kevin Brennan MP chaired the first part of the event. I was there to represent the Association for Citizenship [...]…Continue reading '‘Dropping’ subjects is not the way forward for the National Curriculum'
Friday, March 2nd, 2012
Today, David Blunkett MP writes in the TES, ‘We need a curriculum that is truly national’. Citizenship must be included and is ‘essential for democracy’. Mr Blunkett, former Secretary of State for Education argues the Government’s curriculum review is a contradiction. First because schools with academy or free school status are not required to follow [...]…Continue reading 'Pressure builds for keeping Citizenship in a ‘truly national’ curriculum'
Thursday, February 9th, 2012
When we mentioned to some of our students that the Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove, was considering downgrading the status of Citizenship in the national curriculum, they scurried off (and without any prompting from us), came back with this letter. Our local MP happened to be visiting the next day, so they personally [...]…Continue reading '‘Dear Mr Gove… ‘ – from pupils at Blackfen School'
Thursday, January 26th, 2012
Citizenship could lose its National Curriculum status if the Government accepts the recommendations of the Curriculum Review Expert Panel to downgrade the subject to the basic curriculum. What kind of curriculum framework will help ensure the next generation of citizens get the civic and political education they need? Our new paper Curriculum Thinking defines the [...]…Continue reading 'Looking ahead: what does the future hold for citizenship education?'
Friday, December 23rd, 2011
English PEN are delighted to be part of the Supporting Group for Democratic Life and we will do all that we can through our own campaigns, projects and networks to promote this work. English PEN comes to citizenship through literature and free speech.…Continue reading 'English PEN lends its weight to Democratic Life'
Tuesday, December 20th, 2011
The Curriculum Review Expert Panel has told the government that citizenship is ‘of enormous importance’, but should not remain a National Curriculum subject. The Expert Panel, which is charged with providing detailed advice on the shape of the new curriculum, delivered its report to the Department for education yesterday, the content of which prompted Education [...]…Continue reading 'Citizenship education is ‘of enormous importance’, but not a subject, says Expert Panel'
Thursday, December 15th, 2011
David Blunkett calls on the Prime Minister to ensure Citizenship stays in the National Curriculum during Prime Minister’s Questions.…Continue reading 'Blunkett calls on Prime Minister to intervene on citizenship in the curriculum'
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
An official from the Department for Education has responded to Democratic Life’s letter to the Secretary of State, Michael Gove MP, regarding initial teacher training for citizenship. … Thank you for your letter of 10 November, addressed to the Secretary of State, about initial teacher training bursaries and the teaching of citizenship. I am sure [...]…Continue reading 'DfE responds to Democratic Life’s ITT letter'
Wednesday, December 7th, 2011
Lord Norton of Louth is a Conservative Peer in the House of Lords, as well as Professor of Government in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Hull. Here he writes for Democratic Life on why he thinks the Government should be embracing citizenship education ‘with vigour’. When I visit schools [...]…Continue reading '‘The necessity of teaching citizenship’ by Lord Norton of Louth'
Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
Democratic Life has written to the Secretary of State, Michael Gove MP and the Chief Executive of the Training and Development Agency to clarify the plans for Initial Teaching Training for Citizenship. The plans, published on 8 November 2011, leave Citizenship as a ‘non priority’ subject and without any bursaries to help attract the best [...]…Continue reading 'Democratic Life writes to Michael Gove: Why isn’t citizenship a ‘priority subject’?'
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
Democratic Life skipped trick or treating this week in favour of attending the Hansard Society’s Question Time event for young people, part of Parliament Week. Chaired by Channel 4′s Krishnan Guru-Murthy, the panel featured Chris Bryant MP (Labour), Sam Gyimah MP (Conservative), Caroline Lucas MP (Green) and Jo Swinson MP (Liberal Democrat). More than 200 [...]…Continue reading 'Parliament Week: Young People’s Question Time'
Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
Democratic Life has briefed all MPs and Peers ahead of Parliament Week, calling on Parliamentarians to use Parliament Week to visit citizenship education classes in schools and colleges in their constituencies. The briefing also provides a summary of Democratic Life’s evidence to the National Curriculum Review currently being undertaken by the Department for Education (DfE). Download our [...]…Continue reading 'Parliament Week briefing'
Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
The first annual Parliament Week is launching on 31 October 2011 and running through 6 November. This is an exciting opportunity for teachers and young people to explore the work and role of Parliament and, through the theme of ‘Stories of Democracy’, to see how decisions made in Westminster have an impact on everyone’s lives. [...]…Continue reading 'Celebrate Parliament Week (31/10 – 6/11) with FREE resources and events'
Thursday, October 6th, 2011
On stage at the Conservative Party Conference on Tuesday, Danny Bartlett, founder of Hands Up Who’s Bored, told delegates that young people have a ‘huge appetite’ for political engagement and that citizenship has become ‘the fastest growing GCSE subject’. Although they are often portrayed as being apathetic, Danny believes young people are just bored by [...]…Continue reading 'Young people have a ‘huge appetite’ for political engagement, says campaigner'
Friday, September 30th, 2011
Hands Up Who’s Bored, a new campaign to protect the future of political education, has been backed by celebrity Reggie Yates and a £1.25 million cinema promotion. With the Government considering the fate of citizenship education as part of its ongoing review of the national curriculum, this new campaign launches today to inspire young people [...]…Continue reading '‘Citizenship education matters,’ says Radio 1′s Reggie Yates'
Thursday, September 29th, 2011
Danny Bartlett’s campaign for political education seems to have struck a chord: on Tuesday he will speak on the main stage at the Conservative Party Conference. Danny, who set up Hands Up Who’s Bored because he found politics boring, will discuss his support for citizenship education as well as how to engage apathetic young people [...]…Continue reading '‘Hands Up Who’s Bored’ at the Conservative Party Conference'
Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
The UK’s first ever Parliament Week takes place between 31 October and 6 November 2011. The week comprises a programme of activities exploring how and why the Houses of Parliament matter to everyone. At Democratic Life we think this is a great opportunity to show your MP a citizenship class in action. The theme for Parliament [...]…Continue reading 'Parliament Week'
Tuesday, September 27th, 2011
This November will see the UK’s first ever Parliament Week. It’s a great opportunity to get your MP in to your school to talk with students and staff about the relationship between youth, politics and citizenship. Why not invite them to one of your Citizenship lessons (or even to teach one)? You can then ask [...]…Continue reading 'Parliament Week – a great time to get an MP in to your school'
Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
Party conference season is fast approaching and with it comes innumerable opportunities for campaigns to gather information and influence debates. We know many of our supporters will be attending party conferences and we’re hoping that you will help spread the word about our campaign to keep citizenship education in the National Curriculum. Whether you’re attending [...]…Continue reading 'Attending party conferences? Spread the word about Democratic Life!'
The recent rioting, looting and violence in English cities reinforces the case for strengthening Citizenship education in our schools
Friday, August 12th, 2011
Citizenship teachers are in a unique position to be able to engage their pupils in conversation about the riots; developing pupils’ thinking around concepts such as personal responsibilities towards each other on the one hand and the government’s responsibilities towards its citizens on the other. Citizenship education encourages teachers to use current affairs in their [...]…Continue reading 'The recent rioting, looting and violence in English cities reinforces the case for strengthening Citizenship education in our schools'
Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
More than 130 teachers and a wide range of organisations met in the British Library yesterday to discuss the future of citizenship and the National Curriculum, at the Association for Citizenship Teaching’s annual conference in London. At Democratic Life we believe teachers and pupils have a key role in influencing the future of the curriculum [...]…Continue reading 'Teachers to lobby MPs on behalf of citizenship education'
Thursday, June 9th, 2011
New report shows that teaching approaches can help young people build their resilience to extremism. There is growing recognition of the need to combat extremisms and develop young people’s resilience to potentially harmful ideologies to prevent them from being radicalised. Teachers and others working with young people have been identified as having a key role [...]…Continue reading 'Teaching approaches help young people build resilience to extremism'
Tuesday, May 10th, 2011
The International Centre for Education for Democratic Citizenship’s conference, ‘Citizenship, Society and Social Justice: new agendas?’, is taking place on Friday, 1 July at Birkbeck, University of London. Democratic Life is a proud supporter of the conference, which will explore the many possible relationships between citizenship and education, including formal citizenship education. Through its plenary [...]…Continue reading '‘Citizenship, Society and Social Justice: new agendas?’ Conference: 1 July'
Thursday, April 14th, 2011
Writing on the Guardian’s MortarBoard Blog, Alicia Brown tells how her students at Villiers School in West London have been inspired to campaign for citizenship education. They even joined Democratic Life!…Continue reading 'Teach First citizenship teacher on ‘Why schools need citizenship’'
Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
It’s been hard work, on top of encouraging people to respond to the review, providing support for same and canvassing opinions for our own response. But now it’s done: we’ve submitted our response, which you can download to read at your leisure. Our response to the Government’s National Curriculum Review (pdf) is informed by our [...]…Continue reading 'Democratic Life responds to the National Curriculum Review'
Friday, April 8th, 2011
Today’s Times Education Supplement features a comment piece from four members of Democratic Life. David Barrs, headteacher, Anglo European School; Keith Ajegbo, former headteacher, Deptford Green School; Rachael Warwick, headteacher, Didcot Girls’ School and William Atkinson, headteacher, Phoenix High School all discuss why citizenship education is vital to their school and the National Curriculum. It’s [...]…Continue reading 'Citizenship in the press in run up to review deadline'
Wednesday, March 30th, 2011
Citizens in a democratic society have a fundamental responsibility to engage in public life. Teachers and students have an obligation to promote equality, justice, respect for others and democratic participation. These ideals should be integral to cultures of educational institutions and embedded within and beyond the curriculum in schools. Education for democratic citizenship is a [...]…Continue reading 'Citizenship education is too important to be left to chance'
Thursday, March 24th, 2011
Democratic Life has created a form to make submitting your response to the National Curriculum Review’s Call for Evidence easier. We’ve included our key messages for the Department for Education on citizenship education in this template. If you agree with the statements, keep them in and add comments. If you do not agree with a [...]…Continue reading 'Respond to the National Curriculum Review with our easy to use form!'
Thursday, March 17th, 2011
We want your views to inform our response to the National Curriculum review. By answering just 10 questions about citizenship education, you’ll help us better represent how teachers feel about citizenship education and how citizenship is being taught in schools. Respond to the questionnaire here. We need as many teachers to answer this as possible [...]…Continue reading 'Teachers: help shape our response to the National Curriculum review!'
Thursday, March 10th, 2011
Two days ago Alastair Campbell wrote that we need more politics teaching in schools. Here he explains why he thinks citizenship education is worth fighting for. The hints that the Government is thinking about removing citizenship from the curriculum are becoming a little louder. It would be yet another mistake by Michael Gove, at a [...]…Continue reading 'We need more citizenship education, not less'
Monday, March 7th, 2011
We have submitted evidence to the Education Select Committee’s inquiry into the EBacc to argue that Citizenship Studies, with its requirement for active citizenship, should be an essential inclusion in any broad and balanced measure of student attainment. Our evidence: IB, Welsh Bacc and England’s standing in the ICCS A ‘Baccalaureate’ is respected for a [...]…Continue reading 'Democratic Life submission to the EBacc inquiry: summary'
Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011
In this article written originally for Operation Black Vote, Conservative Councillor Imran Khan sets out his vision for multicultural Britain and argues the importance of citizenship education in shaping it. A great multicultural society should offer genuine democratic citizenship for all the communities residing in it, regardless of colour and religion. Democratic citizenship may be [...]…Continue reading 'Multicultural Britain'
Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
Baccalaureate qualifications come in many forms. The International Baccalaureate (IB) combines academic subjects with creativity, action and service involving civic action/active citizenship, and a dissertation style essay. The European Baccalaureate, a different variation of the qualification, is used by European schools in England. Other versions are on offer through the awarding body AQA and the [...]…Continue reading 'English Baccalaureate – what is it for? Democratic Life’s analysis'
Friday, February 11th, 2011
On Wednesday the Commons Education Select Committee announced an inquiry into the English Baccalaureate and a call for evidence. It is very short, ending on 8 March. The Committee is inviting written evidence on: the purpose and benefits of the E-Bac and its value as a measure of pupil and school performance; the choice of [...]…Continue reading 'Select Committee announces short consultation on the English Baccalaureate'
Monday, February 7th, 2011
The UK government is considering dropping citizenship from the National Curriculum. If it does, it could be in danger of breaking an obligation to teach International Humanitarian Law. John Lloyd explains why. International Humanitarian Law (IHL) serves to protect those not taking part in fighting and to restrict the potential for war. It is set [...]…Continue reading 'Government risks breaking pledge to teach rules of war'
Monday, February 7th, 2011
There’s only one week left to enter the Amnesty International, Guardian and SecEd competition to find this year’s Young Human Rights Reporters! Find out how to enter and get supporting materials for older and younger pupils on Amnesty International UK’s education pages.…Continue reading 'Young Human Rights Reporter Competition: Closing Date 14 Feb'
Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
Democratic Life member Lee Jerome writes to Graham Holley of the TDA querying the apparent lack of training places for citizenship teachers in 2011/12, following a letter from Michael Gove outlining the allocations for the coming year. 2nd February 2011 Re: Allocation of secondary training places for 2011-12 Dear Mr Holley Michael Gove’s letter of [...]…Continue reading 'Where are the citizenship training places for 2011/12?'
Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
On Monday, 31 January, a Democratic Life delegation – led by David Blunkett MP – met with the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove MP, to discuss the review of the National Curriculum and citizenship education’s future. We presented a robust case for citizenship education’s contribution to schools and communities and the positive impacts [...]…Continue reading 'Democratic Life meets with Secretary of State for Education'
Friday, January 21st, 2011
The Democratic Life team have been working almost non-stop over the last few weeks, with the reception event at the House of Commons and the curriculum review yesterday. So we were really pleased that our hard work paid off with two positive pieces of coverage in the Guardian this week! The first piece ‘Citizenship education [...]…Continue reading 'Great press coverage for citizenship education and Democratic Life'
Thursday, January 20th, 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 [...]…Continue reading 'Curriculum review: Essential citizenship knowledge must remain in the National Curriculum'
Thursday, January 20th, 2011
This morning the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove MP, took to the airwaves to announce the launch of a review of the National Curriculum. Speaking on the Today programme, Mr Gove said that he wants to see a system which does not tell teachers ‘how to teach, it tells them what to teach.’ [...]…Continue reading 'National Curriculum review launched, but details patchy'
Thursday, January 20th, 2011
In an article in today’s Guardian, Chris Waller from the Association for Citizenship Teaching and Andy Thornton, Chief Executive of the Citizenship Foundation, both argue that losing citizenship education from England’s National Curriculum would be a retrograde step that would negatively impact on young people’s political literacy. Also speaking to the Guardian, David Blunkett said: [...]…Continue reading 'Democratic Life partners tell Guardian ‘Don’t scrap citizenship’'
Friday, January 14th, 2011
Students from Biddenham International School and Sports College decided to add to the Democratic Life campaign by giving their own testimonies about why they feel that citizenship education is essential to the curriculum. They wrote letters in support of keeping citizenship education in the curriculum and in their own way described how it is important [...]…Continue reading 'Students express passion for citizenship'
Friday, January 14th, 2011
After hearing about the Democratic Life’s campaign, teachers and administrators from Biddenham International School and Sports College felt that it was important to share their support for citizenship education. Mr. Doug Wise, Head of English at Biddenham showed his passion of the subject through connecting citizenship to the English curriculum; “It gives the texts we [...]…Continue reading 'Teachers provide unique perspective of citizenship education'
Friday, January 14th, 2011
I had the frantic task at this week’s Democratic Life reception of tweeting the whole event using our (highly original) hashtag of #democraticlife. It was great to see people both at the event and online engaging in the discussion about citizenship’s future. Here are some of the comments; @DemocraticLife Blunkett speaking now, ‘for young people [...]…Continue reading 'Twittersphere lends its support to Democratic Life'
Student declares to room of MPs and Lords, ‘Citizenship needs to be at the forefront of any Curriculum’
Thursday, January 13th, 2011
After what would seem to be months of planning, the Democratic Life reception last night went off without a hitch. We filled the Member’s Dining Room in the House of Commons full of citizenship enthusiasts, teachers, students and Lords and MPs. Our aim for the event was to generate a lively discussion about the future [...]…Continue reading 'Student declares to room of MPs and Lords, ‘Citizenship needs to be at the forefront of any Curriculum’'
Friday, January 7th, 2011
The Democratic Life campaign is building a strong support base all the time. It was great to have a passionate blog from a student at Swansea University fall into my inbox today heavily advocating the importance of citizenship education. Zahid Raja highlighted the impact of the subject and went on to dispel the many myths [...]…Continue reading 'Student advocates the power of citizenship'
How is it possible to educate the future generation if we cannot even provide them with the knowledge of how our world works?
Wednesday, January 5th, 2011
Some children do not have families who encourage them to read newspapers to know what is happening in the world at that current moment. Whether or not you are not interested in politics, it doesn’t differ as no matter what you say politics will affect you. Not to mention that this generation of young people [...]…Continue reading 'How is it possible to educate the future generation if we cannot even provide them with the knowledge of how our world works?'
Tuesday, December 21st, 2010
Democratic Life are thrilled to have Oxfam join and support the campaign to champion citizenship education. They wrote to us to tell us why they feel citizenship education is so important: “According to Ipsos-MORI, over two thirds of pupils believe they can do something to help make the world a better place, and three-quarters believe [...]…Continue reading 'Oxfam supports Democratic Life!'
Monday, December 20th, 2010
The UK National Commission for UNESCO has formally joined Democratic Life as a supporting organisation. Citizenship is a key vehicle in the delivery of study themes for the UNESCO Associated Schools network and in promoting the values of UNESCO such as human rights, peace, tolerance and sustainable development and cultural diversity. The provision of citizenship [...]…Continue reading 'UK National Commission for UNESCO joins Democratic Life!'
Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
The Five Nations Network has joined Democratic Life. The Five Nations Network is a unique forum that brings together teachers, educationalists, policy makers, NGOs and young people from England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland every year for an annual conference to share practice in education for citizenship and values. In September 2009, the Five [...]…Continue reading 'Five Nations Network joins Democratic Life!'
Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
David Blunkett MP has tabled an Early Day Motion (EDM) calling on the Government ‘to affirm its commitment to citizenship education as an entitlement for all students in English secondary schools.’ The EDM (no 1142) has been signed by MPs David Miliband, Pat Glass, Tom Blekinsop, Ian Mearns, and Caroline Lucas. We need more MPs [...]…Continue reading 'David Blunkett MP tables citizenship education Early Day Motion'
Friday, December 3rd, 2010
Democratic Life will be hosting a drinks reception in the House of Commons on Wednesday, 12 January 2011. Distinguished speakers from both educational and political backgrounds will highlight citizenship education’s unique position in England’s National Curriculum (as the only subject that teaches young people about our political system and how they can get involved in [...]…Continue reading 'The future of citizenship education: transforming our schools, strengthening our democracy'
Thursday, November 25th, 2010
Following the launch of “The Importance of Teaching” white paper in the House of Commons yesterday, the white paper was introduced to the House of Lords by Lord Hill of Oareford, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools. Whilst there was no explicit mention of citizenship in the paper itself, Lord Beecham raised the issue in [...]…Continue reading 'Government minister endorses citizenship’s ‘importance’ in House of Lords'
Wednesday, November 24th, 2010
Today the Department for Education has published ‘The Importance of Teaching’, the schools white paper outlining the Government’s plans for reforming England’s school system. White papers are issued by the government and lay out policy, or proposed action, on a topic of current concern, and can lead to public consultations or review processes. The White [...]…Continue reading 'Department for Education launches white paper on schools’ future'
Monday, November 22nd, 2010
Liverpool Mp Stephen Twigg made a short speech on citizenship education in an education debate on Wednesday 17th November. We’re really pleased that he has become such a vocal champion for citizenship and that he is so supportive of Democratic Life. In the debate he said; “My final point is about citizenship education. As a [...]…Continue reading 'MP Stephen Twigg supports Democratic Life'
Studies show pupils in England not confident in ability to influence politics, but confidence can improve with citizenship education
Monday, November 22nd, 2010
Democratic Life has published a press release which calls on the Secretary of State for Education to pay heed to two new pieces of research that highlight the need for high quality citizenship education lessons in schools, taught by specialist teachers. The studies published today, both conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) [...]…Continue reading 'Studies show pupils in England not confident in ability to influence politics, but confidence can improve with citizenship education'
Monday, November 22nd, 2010
Last Thursday (18 November), the House of Lords held a debate entitled ‘To call attention to the role of active citizenship in society’. Citizenship education’s contribution towards building the knowledge and skills young people need to become active citizens was promoted by no less than seven Peers during the debate. In particular, Lord Norton of [...]…Continue reading 'Democratic Life and citizenship education praised in House of Lords'
Friday, November 19th, 2010
Yesterday I went to the Studio Schools launch at Allen & Overy’s swanky offices. As many of us within the education and third sectors know, language and terminology around schools is like a minefield at the moment and I wasn’t quite sure if this was an academy, a free school or something completely new. Studio [...]…Continue reading 'Studio Schools launch with an aim to prepare young people with the best skills for their future'
Tuesday, November 16th, 2010
The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, has written to all schools urging them to take part in his School Council Awards, designed to celebrate the achievements of students’ school councils. The awards are given to projects, according to age categories, that have made a difference to relationships in school or with the [...]…Continue reading 'School Council Awards Scheme 2011 launched'
Friday, November 12th, 2010
A new survey dispels the widely held myth that young people just want to be famous. The research released by The Co-operative – as part of its ‘Inspiring Young People’ campaign – shows that more than half of adults (58 per cent) think that the younger generation just wants fame and celebrity status. The reality, [...]…Continue reading 'The Co-operative: Britain’s young are misunderstood'
Thursday, November 11th, 2010
Rachael Warwick, Headteacher for Didcot Girl’ Schools has written to Democratic Life about her thoughts on citizenship education, stressing the importance of the subject in creating a Big Society. The full letter is copied below. ‘If the Big Society has any prospect of becoming a living reality in our country, then citizenship must remain a [...]…Continue reading 'Headteacher stresses the importance of citizenship education'
Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
A group of PGCE students have established a campaign called Defenders of Citizenship Education (DOCE) . Aware that the subject is under review following the change in Government, the group are aiming to get as many supporters as possible to sign their petition which they plan to send to Michael Gove . DOCE stated that [...]…Continue reading 'PGCE students campaign for citizenship'
Tuesday, November 9th, 2010
The Guardian has written about Unicef UK’s report which recognises that when children learn about human rights bullying, exclusion and challenging school environments can be reduced. The report followed an evaluation by researchers at the Universities of Brighton and Sussex of Unicef UK’s human rights projects in schools. Some of the key findings of the [...]…Continue reading 'Unicef UK commit to the value of teaching human rights to students'
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010
The Law Society, the representative body for solicitors in England and Wales, has joined Democratic Life. We are tremendously excited to have an organisation who has championed young people’s entitlement to public legal education for many years on board and we are looking forward to working closely with them on Democratic Life’s campaign.…Continue reading 'The Law Society joins Democratic Life!'
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010
We are extremely pleased to announce that The Co-operative has joined Democratic Life. Commenting on their decision, Michael Fairclough, Head of Community & Campaigns at The Co-operative, said: ‘Given the chance, young people have the creativity and vision to affect tremendous change. As part of its Inspiring young people programme, The Co-operative is proud to [...]…Continue reading 'The Co-operative joins Democratic Life!'
Friday, October 29th, 2010
Democratic Life has sent a letter to the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove MP, asking that, as his department reviews the National Curriculum, he will consider the positive gains citizenship has made in secondary schools in England, as well as the role citizenship can play in supporting the Big Society. The full letter [...]…Continue reading 'Democratic Life writes to the Secretary of State for Education'
Thursday, October 28th, 2010
Imagine if everyone in your school was on your school council, how much could it get done? Well, ok, if they were all in one big meeting together, probably not much. But if you broke the whole school down into small groups, giving each one specific tasks, we might be getting somewhere. If each of [...]…Continue reading 'Linking citizenship, student voice and the school council'
Thursday, October 21st, 2010
Sec Ed’s front page today features a story about Democratic Life, and the need for our campaign, entitled ‘Battle is on to save citizenship from the axe’. With quotes from Democratic Life members (the Citizenship Foundation, Amnesty International and ACT) and from passionate citizenship teachers, it’s a fantastic introduction to Democratic Life’s aims and what [...]…Continue reading 'Democratic Life featured on front page of Sec Ed!'
Tuesday, October 19th, 2010
The United Nations Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UNA-UK), having just joined Democratic Life last week, is already active championing citizenship education to policy-makers. In a letter sent yesterday to the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove MP, UNA-UK’s chair Lord Hannay writes: ‘UNA-UK strongly supports the continued inclusion of citizenship as [...]…Continue reading 'UNA-UK joins Democratic Life and writes to Michael Gove'
Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
Yesterday Democratic Life sent a briefing to all MPs and Peers entitled ‘Setting the record straight: an introduction to citizenship education’. We hope all Parliamentarians will read our briefing and join Democratic Life in championing the benefits citizenship education brings to young people, schools and communities. To support our outreach to Parliamentarians you can contact [...]…Continue reading 'Help us reach out to Parliament'
Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
The British Youth Council is running a consultation for children and young people to have their say on the Big Society and the National Citizenship Service. The deadline to contribute to the survey is Sunday, 17 October, go to www.surveymonkey.com/s/bycbiglisten to take part. The results of this survey will be sent to the Prime Minister [...]…Continue reading 'News from the British Youth Council'
Thursday, September 30th, 2010
I’ve been to the Liberal Democrats and Labour party conferences so far this conference season (and will be heading off to the Conservatives in Birmingham on Monday). Conferences are a strange experience, where work and play get all muddled up together and sore heads at breakfast meetings are de rigueur. But, while it might sound [...]…Continue reading 'Democratic Life at party conferences'
Friday, June 4th, 2010
Democratic Life is a group of interested individuals and organisations who have come together to champion citizenship education in the face of uncertain political support for the subject. We have agreed to work together as a coalition to refresh and restate the arguments for the value of citizenship education. Our aim is to strengthen and [...]…Continue reading 'New coalition promotes Democratic Life'