Citizenship and the 14-19 agenda: responding to the Tomlinson consultation
In a joint submission to Mike Tomlinson's 14-19 Working Group, the Citizenship Foundation and the Association for Citizenship Teaching have broadly welcomed the thrust of the group's interim report.However, the two leading citizenship education charities are calling for:
- greater clarity about the future of Key Stage 4 within the 14-19 framework;
- the formal inclusion of 'Citizenship Skills' as an aspect of the skills based Core Programme that sits at the heart of Tomlinson's proposed diploma;
- a focus on effective rather than simply active Citizenship in any final recommendations that Tomlinson makes.
Tony Breslin, Chief Executive at the Citizenship Foundation and a member of the ACT Council, himself a former 14-19 adviser, commented:
'The clarity, coherence and vision that Mike Tomlinson and his colleagues offer is compelling. It promises the kind of flexible, innovative, learner centred curriculum provision in which good quality Citizenship Education can thrive.
'However, we need to ensure that Citizenship Skills sit alongside the other ingredients in the core programme and diploma model for all learners', he said.
'We must also ensure that Citizenship retains the real political edge that Bernard Crick's proposals were all about.'