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Campaigning and public policy

Democratic Life

Democratic Life is a coalition of individuals and organisations that campaigns for high quality citizenship education, set up in 2010 in response to indications that the UK government intended to drop citizenship from the National Curricum. In 2013, its efforts were vindicated by the retention of citizenship in the new curriculum.

National Curriculum consultation 2013 

In 2013, we submitted our own response to the UK Government's final consultation on its new national curriculum. 

Big Society and community cohesion

In 2011, we published research for CfBT Education Trust on the new duty to teach community cohesion in schools. We published two reports: a background to the duty, with insights from schools and pointers for future policy development, and a more detailed guide for teachers and school leaders.

Citizenship manifesto

In 2008, we developed the citizenship manifesto: a public document that proclaims the rights and responsibilities of a school's students.

Back on Track

In July 2008, the UK government's 'Back on Track' white paper looked at reforming Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) and other alternative education provision. Our response looks specifically at the minimum core curriculum entitlement that young people in PRUs should have access to.

Youth Citizenship Commission

In June 2008, the Citizenship Foundation submitted this position paper to the UK government's Youth Citizenship Commission.

Integration and cohesion

In January 2007, the Citizenship Foundation submitted this response to the Commission on Integration and Cohesion. It focuses on young people and on the role of schools in integration and cohesion.

Citizenship inquiry

In 2006, the Education and Skills Select Committee held an inquiry into citizenship education. Here you can read responses from the Citizenship Foundation, the Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT),CSV Education and the National Foundation for Education Research (NFER).

Primary review 2006

In October 2006, the University of Cambridge and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation launched a review of Primary education, to which the Citizenship Foundation has submitted evidence.

Hooper Lecture

In 2005 and 2006, the Hooper Lecture was the Citizenship Foundation's major public event to promote awareness and debate of critical issues in effective citizenship.

I was a teenage governor

In 2003, new regulations allowed school governing bodies to appoint pupils as members of governing body committees. This research from 2004 encourages exploitation of those regulations for the benefit of greater pupil involvement in the running of schools.

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