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9 October, 2008

Citizenship Manifestos manual for schools now available

In 2005, with funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Citizenship Foundation set up a research and development project to investigate ways in which a ‘Citizenship Manifesto' can help schools bring this sense of wider purpose to their Citizenship programmes.

A Citizenship Manifesto is a short, public document that sets out a school's vision for Citizenship. Rather like the manifesto of a political party, a Citizenship Manifesto outlines the school's democratic values and its intended programme of Citizenship activities for the coming year or years - in the form of a promise or pledge.

Placing Citizenship at the Centre has been developed through the collective effort of students, staff (teaching and non-teaching), governors, parents and community members. Citizenship Manifestos not only raise the profile of and bring structure and coherence to the school's Citizenship programme, but they also open up its benefits to the community beyond the school gates.

One important outcome of this project has been the publication of a guide for secondary schools explaining what is involved in developing a Citizenship Manifesto and why they might want to commit to one.

Placing Citizenship at the Centre brings together the insights and experiences of the twelve schools involved in the project in a practical, easy-to-use format.

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