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Citizenship education at 21!

Citizenship education at 21Citizenship has been on the National Curriculum for 21 academic years. Why do politicians think it's less important now? 

In 1990, Education Secretary Kenneth Baker introduced citizenship to the National Curriculum as a cross-curricular theme. But few schools taught it because they were not expected to.

So in 2002 it became a statutory Foundation Subject in secondary schools.

We think this is a good thing.

But now, two decades on, the government wants to relegate it to the Basic Curriculum. Schools will still have to cover it, but it will be up to them to decide how they do it and how important they make it. They will not be assessed on it and they will not have to follow a programme of study for it.

We think this is a bad thing.

A responsible government must share the central knowledge that upholds citizenship. Particularly a government that believes in localism, transparency and an engaged electorate.

Should the government take the citizenship curriculum more seriously?

Yes? Then please add your voice to Democratic Life's campaign to keep citizenship in the curriculum. 


"For young people the implications are huge ... If you take away citizenship [curriculum] as a framework, it is going to damage political literacy" (Danny Bartlett, founder of Hands Up Who's Bored)

More video responses to the Curriculum Review's plans for citizenship teaching.

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