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14 June, 2004

Minister gives boost to post-16 Citizenship

The Learning and Skills Development Agency (LSDA) has received the official go-ahead from government to expand its Post-16 Citizenship Development Programme.

The announcement was made on Wednesday by schools minister Stephen Twigg MP.

At a conference in London entitled Post-16 citizenship: where next?, the Minister said that the post-16 development programme had been ‘hugely successful’ in building young people’s confidence and motivation, with visible results in their communities and their achievement in other curriculum subjects.

“After two years spent experimenting to find out what works best, I am delighted to announce that the scheme will be expanded so that more young people can benefit from this hugely innovative programme.

"Citizenship education is inspiring young people in schools, colleges and youth organisations to take an active role in their communities and in national politics.”

The programme was set up in September 2001 as a pilot by the LSDA, a strategic national resource supported by the Learning and Skills Council. Its ethos is activism and empowerment, with a focus on active citizenship rather than a traditional classroom approach.

The aim is to stimulate involvement in the community, develop political awareness and encourage young people to take a more central role in democracy.

From September 2004 the programme will be expanded to include 120 organisations from all over England, in time for the European Year of Citizenship Education in 2005.

The Citizenship Foundation currently manages a pilot programme on behalf of the Learning and Skills Council London Central.


The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) recently launched its dedicated website for citizenship education at post-16 (link below).


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