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Young people lead the campaign for better citizenship education

Friday, March 11th, 2016

Young people concerned about subject status and the future of the A level in Citizenship Studies are leading the campaign for better citizenship education in schools. Kenny Imafidon is campaigning to persuade Department for Education Ministers that urgent action is needed to improve the quality of Citizenship and political education in schools. Despite a series of education […]

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A new British Bill of Rights: young people should have a say

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

During the summer holiday, the Financial Times newspaper reported that the prime minister has asked the justice secretary, Michael Gove, to publish a consultation on replacing the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights. The journalists say that a new law will be introduced in May or June 2016. A consultation means that […]

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A level Citizenship Studies must not be allowed to disappear

Friday, August 14th, 2015

The A level results published yesterday (13 August 2015) show numbers of students achieving the A level in Citizenship have held up well, yet the qualification is being allowed to disappear after 2018. Democratic Life partners have been lobbying to keep A level Citizenship Studies since the announcement by AQA earlier this year that they had […]

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General Election 2015 – FREE teaching materials from ACT

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Democratic Life partner the Association for Citizenship Teaching has today published free sample teacher materials on the General Election 2015 from their forthcoming journal ‘Teaching Citizenship’. With parliament now in recess and the General Election just weeks away, many schools will be looking for practical teaching suggestions. Teaching Citizenship Issue 41 is full of ideas, […]

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Citizenship Education works! Confirmed by 12 year research study

Friday, March 20th, 2015

In parliament on Tuesday (17 March), ACT President the Rt Hon David Blunkett MP led an event to share the latest findings from a 12 year research study into the impact of Citizenship Education. The Citizenship Education Longitudinal Study (CELS) project began when David Blunkett was Secretary of State for Education and was intended to […]

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500 A level campaign supporters – and counting!

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

One week in and we have just passed our initial target in our campaign to keep A level citizenship. At the time of writing, 503 people have signed our online petition asking exam board AQA not to ditch the only A level in citizenship studies. AQA’s decision to do so has serious implications for access to higher education, but the […]

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Help David Blunkett and higher education professionals save the citizenship A level

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Exam board AQA is the only awarding body to offer citizenship A level, but has now decided to drop it. We think this decision is absurd and baffling. We have written to Geoff Coombe, AQA’s Director of General Qualifications Development, to implore him to change his mind. We have also started a petition at change.org. The more supporters we […]

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Pupils lack human rights understanding as a third of teachers feel ill-equipped to teach it, says new poll

Friday, January 16th, 2015

A poll commissioned by Amnesty International and teachers’ magazine TES has found that one in three teachers (32.9 per cent) does not feel equipped to teach human rights. Nearly half (47.4 per cent) think their pupils do not understand the concept of human rights. The survey also found that 46 per cent of children are […]

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GCSE consultations: thank you for your help!

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Last month, we asked for your help with the recent GCSE consultations. Your response was great. We were not happy with proposed changes to citizenship subject content and assessment, so we encouraged you to respond to two consultations: one on subject content (from the Department for Education), the other on assessment (from Ofqual, the exam regulator). To help you, we prepared example […]

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Citizenship GCSE assessment discussion events

GCSEs are being reformed, so Ofqual is consulting on how it should assess them. As part of that consultation, the exam regulator is running short ‘discussion events’ for each subject. Ofqual’s discussion events for citizenship are in Birmingham on 11 November and London on 13 November. The consultation is one of two that run until the middle of November 2014. […]

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