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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 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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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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With your help, we can make the new citizenship GCSE even better

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

There are two consultations on the revised GCSE, due to take effect from 2016: the Department for Education is consulting on subject content and Ofqual is consulting on assessment. We need your help in both, so we’ve made it easy for you. In partnership with Democratic Life, the Citizenship Foundation and ACT have developed example […]

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Twice the fun! TWO GCSE consultations launched – please respond!

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Two important consultations on the new citizenship GCSE were launched today by the Department for Education and exam regulator Ofqual. The DfE’s consultation for the new GCSE looks at subject content, while Ofqual’s consultation looks at assessment. Please respond to the consultations to help ensure the GCSE is as good as it can be. In collaboration with Democratic Life partners, we […]

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Big changes expected to new citizenship GCSEs from 2016

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Let’s start with the good news. New GCSEs in Citizenship Studies are to be developed for 2016 and will continue to count in school performance tables. And the not so good news… GCSE numbers decline The overall number of students taking GCSE Citizenship Studies has declined dramatically since 2010, but this year there was some good […]

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