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3 April, 2008

Join in programme success

We want to thank all the citizenship focused teachers who have invited us into their schools with the Giving Nation Challenge.We've just registered our 200th school to participate in the programme for 2008!

• Our team has visited over 170 schools in the past five weeks.
• We'll  be visiting a further 130 schools through to June and our team of is taking further bookings now.
• We’re also accepting grant applications for schools to run the GN Challenge in the academic year 2008/09 as citizenship schemes of work are already in place for this summer.
The Giving Nation Challenge offers schools up to £450 FREE cash and FREE high quality curriculum materials. Up to nine classes can enter. Each class gets £50.
To request your appointment with a Giving Nation team member:  Call our Hotline: 0207 566 4141 email gninfo@citizenshipfoundation.org.uk or contact Richard John, Active Citizenship Officer on 020 7566 4152 richard.john@citizenshipfoundation.org.uk

Southwark schools invited to FREE pilot heat Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial

The Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Development Project is keen to recruit secondary schools in Southwark to take part in a FREE pilot heat in the Autumn Term 2008. Schools signing up by Friday 11th July 2008 will get FREE teacher training plus contributions to supply cover, travel costs and classroom support from the Citizenship Foundation team prior to taking part in the main competition in March 2009. Now in its 14th year, the competition involves over 4,500 young people and 800 magistrates annually. Students must be in year 8 and 9 in England. Each school enters a team of up to 13 students who take on the roles of lawyers, witnesses, magistrates and court staff and prepare the prosecution and defence of devised criminal cases. 

The competition offers an exciting way of exploring the provisions for citizenship at Key Stage 3. Students gain an understanding of the legal rights and responsibilities and the role and workings of the criminal justice system. To register your school contact Julie Gibbings, Team Leader, Competitions on 020 7566 5032 Julie.gibbings@citizenshipfoundation.org.uk.


Add your voice to the National Youth Forum (NYF)

The National Youth Forum (NYF), part of the Citizenship Foundation’s Diversity and Dialogue project, takes place on Friday 25th April 2008 in Shoreditch, London. There's still time to sign up.

The NYF will bring together over 100 young people aged 16 -19 who are active within their local communities. The forum will provide them with the opportunity to strengthen their involvement by becoming more informed and to address ways to take initiatives – in conjunction with a diverse group of peers – to raise public awareness to build an informed, inclusive and just society. Led by an eight-person youth committee features a series of issue-based workshops, interactive theatrical performances, and deliberations on actions following workshops exploring gun/gang crime, unwanted sexual conduct, cimate change, transitions in life/leaving school and anti-terror laws/Islamophobia.

Diversity and Dialogue is led by the Citizenship Foundation, and works in partnership with Christian Aid, Islamic Relief, Jewish Council for Racial Equality, Muslim Aid, Oxfam, Save the Children and World Jewish Relief. Diversity and Dialogue facilitates meaningful interactions and community cohesion programmes between young people from diverse backgrounds so as to build trust and understanding, address stereotypes and discrimination, engage with challenging subject matter, and empower youth to play an active role in their communities. www.diversityanddialogue.org.uk
To register for NYF: james.sevitt@citizenshipfoundation.org.uk

Update on Magistrates’ Court  Mock Trial (MMT) Competition

Now in its fourteenth successful year the Magistrates’ Court Mock Trial Competition aims to introduce the legal system to young people throughout England, Wales, and Northern Ireland in an innovative and exciting way.

• A total of 338 schools took part in 65 local heats in March 2008.
• 100 made it to the regional finals taking place in May in 15 regional magistrates’ courts. Schools will have to prepare two cases for this round.
• The 18 successful schools from the regional finals will take part in the national final in Leeds Magistrates’ Court on Saturday 21st June 2008. http://www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk/main/comps.php?1

CF lesson plans roll out at British Council international education workshop

Following the submission of a report exploring migrant issues and education systems across 13 countries, the Citizenship Foundation has developed lesson plans for the education strand of British Council’s ‘Living Together’ Project.
The Citizenship Foundation will attend a two day workshop on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th April about this international multi-media project, and formally present the report findings and education materials to international education practitioners.
The British Council has welcomed our new scheme of work which encourages students to explore the theme of migrants and ethnic minorities in society/public life. These innovative educational materials are currently being trailed in schools across the UK, Balkans, South Caucasus and Eastern Mediterranean.

European focus

Spring Day for Europe 2008

Spring Day for Europe is an annual event that encourages schools to book a day in their calendar to organise events that focus on debate, interaction and reflection on European themes. This year it takes place on Friday 9th May and is open to all pre-primary, primary, lower and upper secondary schools. It is also open to classes from organisations in charge of extra-curricular activities whose goals are to develop and strengthen skills related to school curriculum.
Now in its sixth year, the 2008 campaign is focused on assisting schools in planning, organising and running their own events as part of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008. The Spring Day for Europe team facilitates visits by local, national and European public figures to schools providing an opportunity to discuss European themes and issues and to make the voices of young Europeans heard by decision makers.
Spring Day for Europe is managed by European Schoolnet (EUN) on behalf of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Communication. The campaign is also part of “Plan D” for increased democracy, dialogue and debate.
For further information in the UK email Ian LevinsonNational Teacher Adviser  levinsoni@colchsfc.ac.uk  More at www.springday2008.net

Young Citizens in Europe

The new publication ‘The Making of Citizens in Europe: New Perspectives on Citizenship Education’ published by Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, edited by Viola B. Georgi takes as its premise the conviction that, as Europe grows together, only a politically mature European populace of citizens will be able to master common challenges and sustain a democracy and that citizenship education itself must go through a cumulative process of ‘Europeanization’ to live up to these challenges.
Citizenship Foundation Trustee David Kerr, Principal Research Officer at the National Foundation for Educational Research in England and Wales (NFER) has contributed a survey ‘Research on Citizenship Education in Europe’. Citizenship Foundation Team Leader Ted Huddleston has contributed the chapter ‘Citizenship Education in England’ in an overview section that includes Germany, France, Portugal and Slovenia.
The Making of Citizens in Europe: New Perspectives on Citizenship Education’ is published by Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, edited by Viola B. Georgi.

Study trips for teachers - Brussels, New York, Washington

Our colleague Millicent Scott, Development Officer of the Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT) has just returned from a study trip to Brussels to visit the Institutions of the European Union organised by The European-Atlantic Movement (TEAM) an Independent Educational Foundation (Registered Charity No 306950) that aims to promote understanding and discussion of European and World affairs through Seminars, Sixth-Form Conferences and Study Tours for students, educators and other interested adults.
She was in a group of 25 teachers - history, French, politics, law and citizenship - who visited the most significant institutions of the EU, including the European Parliament and the Commission. They had presentations from the Director of the Council of Europe, from the Institute for European Environmental Policy and from the Estonian permanent representation to the EU. There was the added advantage of excellent mussels, chocolate, waffles, beer and sightseeing.

The US study trips to Washington DC and New York include the United Nations, the US Congress, Supreme Court, and State Department. The US tour is designed for sixth form teachers and includes a visit to the US Education Department and a Senior High School. TEAM offers its services without charge (apart from an annual membership fee of £10) and, through sponsorship from the Financial Times, is able to provide financial support for teachers, lecturers and students. Other bodies including the European Parliament, NATO and the UK Embassy of the USA provide financial support for teachers for certain study tours. Further details on http://www.european-atlantic.org.uk/

Policy inputs

Call for increased citizenship education

The suggestion that the passage to British citizenship includes an oath of allegiance to the Queen has provoked fierce criticism. Amid this furore it's been hard to find a sober examination of the issues addressed by Lord Goldsmith's recent citizenship review.

It's refreshing then to see the leader article in the Guardian March 12th 2008 recognising the key role of citizenship education in this process, and in particular its acknowledgement of the need for Citizenship to be have a statutory role in the primary curriculum.

The Guardian leader states:  ‘Most important of all, however, is the emphasis given to citizenship education in schools. From unions to churches, the institutions that linked the individual to the public realm are in long-term decline. Classroom time must be set aside to teach children about how democracy works. Since 2002 such tuition has been on the secondary curriculum, but Lord Goldsmith is right to suggest that it should be required in primary schools as well.’
We agree. And because effective citizenship-rich practice has proven to serve as a mechanism for school improvement in the secondary phase, with benefits for the curriculum, the culture of the school, and the schools links with its community, there seems little reason not to extend the same benefit to primary schools.

Lord Goldsmith launches citizenship review at Hooper Lecture

Lord Goldsmith, QC, discussed the findings from his independent review of citizenship at the Citizenship Foundation's annual Hooper Lecture on Tuesday 11th March at Sixty One Whitehall, London.

The Citizenship Review was launched in October 2007 at the request of the Prime Minister. It sought to identify ways of enhancing the significance of citizenship as our common bond. Lord Goldsmith has had discussions with a wide range of organisations and individuals over the last six months and commissioned a substantial body of new research.
The terms of reference for the Review were to:
• clarify the legal rights and responsibilities associated with British citizenship, in addition to those enjoyed under the Human Rights Act, as a basis for defining what it means to be a citizen in Britain's open democratic society.
• articulate the difference between the different categories of British nationality;
• examine the relationship between residence, citizenship and British national status and the incentives for long-term residents to become British citizens;
• explore the role of citizens and residents in civic society, including voting, jury service and other forms of civic participation; and make proposals about the role of citizenship education.
The Hooper Lecture itself was established in 2005 in honour of Lord Justice Tony Hooper. It addresses key themes in citizenship, education and the law.



New Citizenship Manifesto DIY workbook

On Wednesday 19th March teachers, students, educationalists and politicians attended a Manifesto Celebration Event at Portcullis House, Westminster.

The Citizenship Foundation, funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, has been working with a group of secondary schools for over two years, trialling and developing the idea of a citizenship manifesto as a means of improving citizenship provision. At the end of the project we celebrated the work of the schools involved and provided workshops to further improve citizenship provision. 

There were workshops on economic literacy, climate change and the Citizenship GCSE. Speeches and presentations about the manifesto concept were made by Ted Huddleston (Citizenship Foundation), Helen Ward (Stocksbridge School, Sheffield) and students (George Green School, Isle of Dogs). Ted Huddleston outlined the varied ways that schools have used the manifesto: to give citizenship education an identity, to make a richer programme for students, to involve students in policy-making, to help with staff development and to formalise community links.

Tony Breslin in the plenary speech said: ‘The work that our partner schools and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation have undertaken with us on the Citizenship Manifesto project has made a vital contribution to the process of developing citizenship as not just a new subject but a new type of subject, one that combines the highest quality classroom teaching with changes to how the school functions as a community - especially in terms of student participation - and in the community.  We look forward to building on this work in the future; we must do so if we are to attain our own strategic objectives - better citizenship education, effective citizenship and stronger communities - objectives that find their expression in genuinely citizenship-rich schools.  The schools' pack arising from the project that we will publish next month heralds an important step along the way to the achievement of these goals.’

A do-it-yourself workbook providing guidance to schools on how to develop manifestos is available as a free, downloadable resource online at (link).

For more information or to request a copy of the workbook contact Ted Huddleston on 0207 566 4141 email ted.huddleston@citizenshipfoundation.org.uk

Human Rights in Schools project

The British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) is in the final stages of developing the ‘Human Rights in Schools’ project. This has been developed in partnership with the Ministry of Justice, the Department of Children Schools and Families, and Amnesty International, and aims to support secondary schools in contributing to a culture of human rights in the UK.
The project includes: A KS3 resource on human rights, developed to support the new citizenship curriculum, guidelines on how secondary schools can develop a whole school approach to human rights and a series of teacher training sessions 
All resources will be free of charge and will become available from early summer 2008. The training sessions are also to be free of charge, and will be held in the following locations:
Tuesday 3rd June       Bristol
Friday 6th June          London
Tuesday 10th June     Coventry
Tuesday 17th June     Newcastle
Thursday 19th June    Leeds
For more details contact BIHR, King's College London, 7th Floor, Melbourne House
46 Aldwych, London WC2B 4LL www.bihr.org.uk
Registered charity number: 1101575  Registered Company Number 4978121 England.

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An online resources for teachers to run a Political Journalism Competition in schools based on our successful national model. Political Journalism gives young people the opportunity to experience first-hand the relationship between politics and the media.

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