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12 December, 2013

Newsletter: 'Teach about jury service,' Law Commission tells teachers; has no-one told them you're doing that already?

Yet another institution calls for schools to fill a gap that doesn't need filling.

A fortnight ago it was the Prince of Wales, calling for more youth social action. The Department for Education even pledged to support it through the citizenship curriculum; as if putting it in there was not enough, they threw in a pledge.

This week it's the Law Commission, calling for schools to teach about juries. But that, too, is already provided for in Michael Gove's new citizenship curriculum. 

At key stage 3, students will learn ‘the role of law and the legal justice system’. At key stage 4, they will also learn ‘the operation of courts and tribunals’. 

Can't someone tell the Law Commission? 

Meanwhile, the unsung work of citizenship teachers carries on regardless. 

Take the 2,000 school students, 300 lawyers and 90 judges that took part in our Bar National Mock Trial Competition in November. 

In role as barristers, witnesses and jurors, students got real experience in real courtrooms, in front of real judges. Sixteen finalists will meet in Cardiff in March. 

These things happen in schools already. (This newsletter flags up a few of our resources to help you keep up the good work.)

We can't help but wonder why no-one in government will champion its citizenship curriculum. 

But we will keep shouting for citizenship teachers!

Feed your students' hunger for legal information with our popular guide to the law

Our Young Citizen's Passport guide to the law is packed with facts about work, safety, money, police, human rights and more.

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.

Tips for bringing non-teachers into the classroom: part two

In the second installment of this two-part series, our Lawyers in Schools team shares ten tips to help things run smoothly on the day of a classroom visit.

Lawyers in Schools is coming to Scotland. Will you be a part of it?

Are you in Scotland? Do you wish you could be part of our popular Lawyers in Schools programme? Then do get in touch for your school, law firm or legal team.

New, Scotland edition of our Young Citizens' Passport guide to the law due in the new year

In the next few weeks, we say hello to a new, Scottish law edition of the popular Young Citizen's Passport. 

To hear when it's out, simply leave your details.

The court system is already on the curriculum, but Mr Gove seems too ashamed of his own work to tell anyone

Why it makes one colleague's blood boil that Michael Gove is so quiet about the virtues of his own new citizenship curriculum.

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