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11 December, 2009

Chance to be Chancellor

Deep in a budget deficit, and amidst the controversy of bankers’ bonuses, the Chancellor Alistair Darling published the 2009 Pre Budget Report (PBR) on Wednesday 9 December. The Chance to be Chancellor resources provide teachers with an opportunity to bring this topical debate into their classrooms.

Back by popular demand, the Citizenship Foundation’s Paying for It programme (run in partnership with Aviva) is launching the Chance to be Chancellor resource for the third year running. Launching on 19th January 2010, the Chance to be Chancellor resource provides a series of classroom-based activities designed to encourage discussion and debate on the issues surrounding the country’s economy: Should bankers pay for the mess we are in? How do we get out of this situation without having to cut spending on all public services? How do we choose which public services to cut from? How will this huge debt impact on my life?

The competition element of the resource encourages students to look through the key Budget policies, prioritise the ones they think are the most important and create their own Chancellor’s speech to deliver their vision for the future of the country’s economy. The winning entry will be published in The Times on Budget day, and there are many exciting prizes for the winner and runners up. For full details of the competition and the resource, register at www.payingforit.org.uk.

Paying for It also offers a series of 10 free lesson plans designed to provide an interactive, relevant and engaging way to address the economic elements of the Citizenship, PSHE and Modern Studies Curricula at Key Stages 3 & 4. Register now at www.payingforit.org.uk to download these lesson plans for free.

Free teacher training is also available for teachers who deliver Citizenship and PSHE, and Local Authority coordinators, to enable innovative and effective delivery of economic citizenship education. This free training introduces the way in which economic citizenship applies to many curriculum subjects, and provides methodologies for delivering interactive lessons, including a range of lesson plans, ideas and resources. Training will run across the UK from January 2010. If you would like to book a place for you or your colleagues, or find out more, please contact us at payingforit@citizenshipfoundation.org.uk, or call 020 7566 4136.

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