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28 November, 2013

Newsletter: Department for Education pledges to support youth social action through the citizenship curriculum

The DfE joined masses of supporters as the new youth social action campaign launched at Buckingham Palace last week. Prince Charles, David Cameron, Nick Clegg, Ed Miliband and people across the UK pledged support to Step Up To Serve, a campaign to double the number of young people in social action by 2020.

The Department for Education pledged to 'help young people recognise the importance and reward in serving others through the new citizenship curriculum'.

Here at the Citizenship Foundation, we pledge at least to double the number of young people using its Go-Givers and Giving Nation programmes as spring-boards to more social action.

Go-Giver Jack meets the Prince of WalesHedgehog activist Jack, 10, meets Prince Charles at campaign launch

Jack, from Kent, joined Step Up To Serve's launch party for his part in hedgehog conservation, which he and his classmates do as part of our Go-Givers programme.

Inspirational young people pledge social action in campaign video

This short video could be a good classroom discussion-starter. It shows a few pledges from the many young people supporting social action and Step Up To Serve.

Tips for bringing non-teaching professionals into the classroom: part one

Many teachers like to broaden their students' learning with visits from other professionals. In this two-part series, our Lawyers in Schools team shares tips for ensuring such visits are friendly, useful and rewarding.

Why is citizenship education good for your school? Free slides for school leaders

Download our free set of slides, Why Citizenship Education in Schools?, when you register your interest in hearing how we can help your school.

Giving Nation social action award winners 2013

From campaigning about cancer to building a garden for disabled children, our social action programme for secondary schools brings out the best in young people.

Job vacancies

Join our friendly team, committed to helping schools with citizenship and social action 

  • Go-Givers Project Officer
  • Go-Givers Regional Project Officer (Birmingham region)

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