Parliamentary briefing

Setting the record straight: an introduction to citizenship education (pdf), our briefing paper for politicians, covers how citizenship education:

  • became established in schools – first as a cross-curricular theme under a Conservative government and then as a statutory subject under the last Labour government – in response to increasing levels of political apathy;
  • is the only compulsory curriculum subject that encompasses politics, economics, and the law and that teaches young people about their rights and responsibilities as citizens;
  • can improve pupil motivation and behaviour and schools’ relationships with the communities they serve when it is supported by school leaders and taught by confident teachers.

Download the briefing paper (pdf, 200KB)

Tell your politicians!

In the run up to the next general election, why not tell your MP about citizenship education. Send your local politicians the link to this page, or even this direct link to the briefing paper pdf: Don’t know how to contact them? Don’t worry: simply enter your postcode below and you’ll be taken to, where your politicians’ contact details will be waiting.