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1 Re-engaging with Citizenship in Schools NUT National Education Conference July 2013

2 David Kerr Director of Education Citizenship Foundation Visiting Professor of Citizenship Birkbeck College University of London

3 Aims of this presentation … 1.To set the scene concerning Citizenship in the National Curriculum 2.To review the proposed NC programmes of study for Citizenship 3.Provide information and evidence to encourage re-engagement with Citizenship in schools

4 1997Schools White Paper - advisory group on citizenship 1998Advisory group report published (Crick report) 2001NfER Longitudinal Study on citizenship begins 2002NC Citizenship first teaching in schools 2002GCSE Citizenship Studies (short course) - first teaching 2004National guidance for post -16 citizenship 2006Select Committee Inquiry into impact of citizenship 2007Revised NC for citizenship published, 8 level scale 2008A level for Citizenship Studies 2009GCSE Citizenship Studies (full course) - first teaching 2010NfER Longitudinal Study on citizenship final report 2012NC Expert Group recommends downgrading of citizenship 2013Gove retains Citizenship in NC at KSs3 and 4 2013New Citizenship Progs of Study for KSs3 and 4 published Citizenship: Key developments

5 Policy Aims of NC Citizenship Social + moral responsibility Political literacy New strand - Identity + diversity Community involvement

6 Three contexts for developing Citizenship Curriculum (classroom) Wider communities (community) School community (culture)

7 What to address in the three contexts Curriculum Core knowledge Key skills Controversial issues School community Participation Decision-making Voice and leadership Teamwork Wider communities Participation Decision-making Big issues Engagement with adults

8 Major period of change in education

9 Change in Citizenship Retention as NC subject KS3 and KS4 Revised programmes of study No proposed change at primary GCSE Cit Studies under review A and AS level Cit under review Numbers for Cit holding in ITT New Ofsted lead for Cit

10 Citizenship remains in National Curriculum ‘Citizenship will remain a programme of study at key stages three and four and I look forward to… ensure that this valuable subject is even better taught in more of our schools‘ Michael Gove Secretary of State for Education

11 New Policy Aims of Citizenship Knowledge and understanding of United Kingdom Knowledge and understanding of law and laws Equipped with financial skills to manage money Interest in and commitment to volunteering

12 Citizenship KS3 and KS4 Purpose of Study A high-quality citizenship education helps to provide pupils with knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society. In particular, citizenship education should foster pupils’ keen awareness of how the United Kingdom is governed and how its laws are made and upheld. It should also prepare pupils to take their place in society as responsible citizens by providing them with the skills and knowledge to manage their money well and make sound financial decisions.

13 Challenges Making up for lost ground/time Creating demand and supply in schools Gaining SLT access and support Keeping abreast of developments Maintaining networks/ sharing intelligence Accessing Cit co-ordinators/teachers Developing new thinking/ approaches

14 Curriculum Change - Support Teachers will need new resources and content DfE will provide far less central CPD - schools will need to provide internally or purchase DfE says “Don’t’ assume it is going to be as before”. Schools are going to find it very different and will need support from suppliers and external sources


16 Why citizenship education in secondary schools? Key arguments and actions for senior managers Citizenship Foundation, June 2013

17 Aims of these slides 1. Set out the key reasons for effective development of citizenship education policy and practice 2. Detail actions you need to take now for citizenship education in your school 3. Explain where and how citizenship education should be developed in schools 4. Highlight the benefits and impacts of effective citizenship education in schools.

18 Citizenship education can… Raise school standards and student achievement Improve behaviour and reduce exclusions Empower students through real decision-making and consultation in and beyond school Fulfil statutory obligations for the National Curriculum, SMSC and Ofsted Strengthen the school as a living community by improving student relations Enable students to understand and engage with big, controversial issues

19 Strengthen transition from KS2 to KS3 Deliver distinctive, core curriculum knowledge about politics, law, economy and active citizenship Develop key skills that employers want (such as leadership and teamwork) Improve links to other initiatives (International School Awards, Rights Schools etc) Strengthen links between curriculum and school culture Strengthen partnerships with wider communities Better prepare students for adult life beyond school. Citizenship education can…

20 Take immediate action

21 You need to… 1. Re-engage with citizenship in your school 2. Know where to get appropriate training and support 3. Provide strong, visible SLT support 4. Review the school’s vision, ethos and development plan in line with the new National Curriculum aims and citizenship Programmes of Study (including new statutory financial education) 5. Amend policy and approaches to fit National Curriculum requirements and meet Ofsted expectations

22 6. Review how it is approached and interconnected in the three contexts: Curriculum: discrete, ex-curricular, dropdown, etc School community: participation, voice and leadership Wider community: links, projects and exchanges 7. Ensure senior leadership and governor support 8. Make sure you have a strong, qualified citizenship co-ordinator who is well respected 9. Check staff are adequately trained and resourced to deliver effective practice in school (both in curriculum subjects and school life) You need to…

23 10. Make certain there are rigorous assessment approaches (formative and summative) 11. Check that appropriate monitoring and evaluation is in place for each of the ‘three contexts’ 12. Ensure students are well informed about approaches in the school and are actively involved 13. Ensure parents and community representatives are informed about approaches in and beyond the school. You need to…

24 citizenship is a journey not a destination Hastings the devil is always in the detail Crick

25 David Kerr – Director of Education Citizenship Foundation email: tel: 020 7566 7759 50 Featherstone Street, London EC1Y 8RT Any questions? Thank you

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