Annual Review 2002/03
In the Classroom
Above all in the early years of the new Citizenship curriculum, it is essential to offer practical ways of raising the quality of teaching and learning in schools. The Citizenship Foundation has an unrivalled track record in producing excellent classroom resources and offers high quality training across the UK.
'Young Citizen's Passport' guide to the law
The 8th edition of the Young Citizen's Passport, guide to the law in England & Wales, was published in Spring 2003, updated to reflect legal changes and incorporating a new chapter on the practical effects of the UK being part of the European Union. This was based on a YCP European supplement, published earlier in the year and distributed free in class sets of 30 to every secondary school in the UK.
During the year, legal checking for the 9th edition (to be published in April 2004) got under way by a team of volunteer lawyers at a number of firms, including Linklaters, Lovells, Allen & Overy and White & Case. At the same time, teams of lawyers and writers in Northern Ireland and Scotland began work on adapting the text for two new versions, due for publication in 2004.
Solicitors Twinning Scheme
The pioneering twinning scheme, which links lawyers with schools in deprived neighbouring areas, was consolidated during the year and updated materials were produced for use by a wider range of law firms in 2004. The scheme has been developed in partnership with Linklaters.
'money money money' guide to personal finance
Aimed at 14-19 year olds, this is a set of guides to the basic essentials of finance, from benefits to budgeting. Funded by Deutsche Bank, it was first published in 2002 but this year was updated and expanded to include a new guide and a Teacher Support Pack. A free set was sent to all secondary schools in the UK and we sold over 5,000 more. The booklets are supported by web pages at www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk/money, which will undergo a complete overhaul in 2004.
The Citizenship Foundation has provided guidance for teachers and youth workers on the most effective pedagogical approaches and materials available to handle the challenging area of race equality. Commissioned by the DfES, the project was additionally funded by the Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales and undertaken in partnership with Me Too. Our research highlighted the lack of a discussion-based approach to race equality and we are now planning to seek support to develop materials that would promote young people's critical thinking in this area. The guidance is available free to download at www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk.
'Citizenship Studies' GCSE
The textbook supporting the OCR GCSE (short course) in Citizenship, written by the Citizenship Foundation and published by Hodder Murray, has become the best-seller in its field. The accompanying Teachers' Guide was published during the year. Foundation staff also provided training sessions for teachers on behalf of OCR as well as for OCR sales staff. An edition of the textbook for pupils likely to achieve less than a C grade at GCSE, is planned for publication in June 2004.
The Foundation believes that there should be a national entitlement to appropriate Continuing Professional Development for teachers. To help to address this, we are working on a video package aimed at secondary teachers to improve their own practice and to use when training colleagues, particularly non-specialists in Citizenship. It includes lesson observations in four schools with detailed accompanying notes, whole-school approaches to Citizenship, curriculum planning and delivery, and models for student participation. With funding from the DfES and Norwich Union, the training video has been produced by the Media Trust.
At the same time, we have continued to offer face-to-face training. Moving on from the 'introduction to Citizenship' training that was so successful in the run-up to the launch of the curriculum, we provided specialised training courses for teachers about tackling political literacy and law-related education in the classroom. This was in addition to bespoke training packages for schools, PGCE students and Local Education Authorities nationwide – from Havering to Cumbria.
'First Friday' education seminars
First Friday seminars continue to attract a wide audience of teachers, practitioners and policy-makers to discuss the big issues in Citizenship and its relationship with complementary subject areas. Kindly hosted by a range of partners, such as the Nuffield Foundation and the Commission for Racial Equality, topics addressed included volunteering, work-related learning, political literacy and financial citizenship.