Our specialist support and training helps schools deliver the best citizenship education they can.
How we can help
Our school support helps you:
- Prepare for the new National Curriculum from 2013
- Design policy and approaches from any starting-point
- Meet National Curriculum citizenship requirements, such as the new financial literacy element
- Address controversial issues with confidence
- Champion student participation, leadership and teamwork
- Blend curriculum and whole-school learning approaches
- Tackle assessment and monitoring.
Schools are under increasing pressure to raise academic standards and simultaneously nurture fully-rounded young people, but citizenship education can help:
- Raise school standards and student achievement
- Meet statutory obligations for the National Curriculum, SMSC and Ofsted
- Improve behaviour and reduce exclusions
- Connect students with society's controversial issues
- Develop key skills that employers and universities want, such as leadership, teamwork and participation.
In February 2013, Education Secretary Michael Gove announced that citizenship would stay as a National Curriculum subject in secondary schools, putting to rest any uncertainty about its future.
But he went further than that: he said he wanted 'this valuable subject' to be 'even better taught in more of our schools'.
So, what must schools do now?
- Find and deliver good quality training and support
- Ensure they have a strong, qualified citizenship co-ordinator in place
- Adjust policy in line with National Curriculum requirements
- Address the new statutory financial literacy element
- Ensure staff are properly trained and resourced
- Connect their curriculum and whole-school approaches
- Strengthen student participation and leadership in school
- Deliver on SMSC provision across the school
- Strengthen links with community partners.
Our leaflet, Re-engaging with citizenship (pdf), explains why citizenship must be taken seriously.