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30 November, 2004

Citizenship Foundation President opens ICT conference

Lord Phillips of Sudbury, president of the Citizenship Foundation, opened the DfES conference 'Embedding ICT@ Secondary: Citizenship' in Newcastle today.

Opening the event Lord Phillips underlined the need for citizenship in the school curriculum, drawing from his experience as a lawyer and employer. He also drew attention to the potential of technology as both a positive and negative influence in the shaping of young people's development.

Chris Waller, professional officer of the Association for Citizenship Teaching, stressed the importance of teachers in the shaping of citizenship as a curriculum subject: "What we do will define the curriculum; we are defining it".

The event incorporated a range of workshops including Russell Prue, ICT in schools Evangelist, DfES, revealing some of the supporting services that the Department of Education and Skills has to offer citizenship. Using some of the latest technology, he demonstrated some of these resources, including the Citizenship Foundation's Young Citizen's Passport (YCP) and Giving Nation.

Chris Waller explored the use of the Home Office ICT resources about mobile phone theft and looked at how pupils can use this work to investigate crime and criminal behaviour, the results of crime and effective action to prevent phone theft.

Michael Raferty and Ross Ferguson from the Hansard Society, which is committed to promoting democracy and strengthening the understanding of Parliament, led a workshop exploring the Hansard Society's E-Democracy web links.

Both the Citizenship Foundation and ACT (Association for Citizenship Teaching) exhibited at the event, providing information on membership, training, publications, active learning competition and resources.

The event wsa be held at the Life Centre, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and organised by ACT and the DfES.

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