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15 December, 2005

Lord Adonis' speech welcomed by CF

Lord Adonis, the schools minister, stressed the importance of empowering young people to fulfill their potential to be active citizens, in The Guardian newspaper yesterday. The article followed the launch of two new school council related initiatives at Milfield School in East London.

Speaking to invigorate the citizenship agenda and highlight the key role citizenship education plays in successful schooling, Lord Adonis identifies school councils as an active learning tool. By experiencing democratic processes first-hand, young people will understand how to influence change and develop confidence and key skills in doing so.

The recent education white paper declared that the government would collaborate with School Councils UK to increase the number of school councils in the UK. The first initiative is a school councils’ handbook, created in collaboration with the Secondary Heads Association (SHA), and the second is a Schools Council UK toolkit for primary schools.

"Lord Adonis' positive comments about the vital role that citizenship education can play in school improvement and transformation will be warmly received by the citizenship education community. The Citizenship Foundation welcomes these important moves to support school councils and, more broadly, pupil participation in the primary and secondary sectors. Such participative opportunities strengthen and bring to life the Citizenship curriculum.” Tony Breslin, Chief Executive Citizenship Foundation.

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