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28 March, 2006

National citizenship teacher training rollout welcomed

The Citizenship Foundation welcomes the roll out of a continuing professional development (CPD) programme for Citizenship teachers as announced by Schools Minister Andrew Adonis today.

The programme will provide 1,200 Citizenship CPD places over the next two years and follows a successful pilot which ran from March to December last year.

The Ofsted report on Citizenship in Secondary schools published in 2005 noted that although citizenship teaching in schools was improving, both in status and quality, there was still a lot of room for improvement, especially when compared to well established subjects.

The Citizenship Foundation has long identified CPD and training as key to raising the overall standard of citizenship teaching, and has been actively working to promote this. The recently published Making Sense of Citizenship: A Continuing Professional Development Handbook provided an overarching framework for teaching the whole citizenship curriculum as well as guidance on teaching and learning strategies, methods of delivery, training and professional development. Two free copies have been sent to every school in England and training around the handbook is currently being run in partnership with the Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT).

The Citizenship Foundation is also looking to establish a distance learning CPD programme in partnership with ACT. A survey is currently being carried out to assess demand and particular requirements.

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