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19 October, 2006

First Fridays are Changing

The Citizenship Foundation is pleased to announce the re-launch of our First Friday seminars. With a new policy rich focus, we will be offering these seminars to external organisations in the form of a consultation to explore and develop new thinking on issues affecting citizenship education. They will involve key players from the citizenship field and teachers, youth workers and other specialist practitioners will be invited to offer relevant input.

Chief Executive, Tony Breslin explains: "For the last five years, the Citizenship Foundation’s popular First Friday series of seminars has provided a forum for teachers, youth workers, policy makers and NGOs to explore training and skills relating to citizenship education. But now, at a time where citizenship education is so high in the public agenda, the Foundation has decided the time has come to put policy development back at the heart of the First Friday programme to ensure we are responding appropriately to the current state of play for citizenship education.

"This year has seen some positive developments for teachers and teacher training, such as 1,200 Continuing Professional Development places for citizenship teachers, the publication of the CPD handbook, and the funding of our Distance Learning CPD Certificate provided by the Citizenship Foundation in partnership with ACT.

"However the wider picture reveals mixed understanding and messages about the progress and aims of citizenship education, not to mention low public understanding of the subject. Government and media are asking whether it should it be used to teach ‘Britishness’, others are asking whether the current curriculum is appropriate and the Education and Skills Select Committee is running an Inquiry into the present and future of the subject. As a result we feel the time has come to return the focus of the First Friday Seminar to responding to these and other questions."

Reports will be available on-line after each event.

If you are interested in sponsoring an event please contact Sam Nicholson or call 0207 566 5038

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