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21 March, 2005

Young Citizens Passport Scotland wins Educational Book for the Year Award 2005

'Every pupil leaving school should be given this,' the judges said...

Young Citizen\'s Passport Scotland, written by the Citizenship Foundation, was announced as the \'excellent\' winner of the Times Educational Supplement Scotland and the Saltire Society ‘Educational Book of the Year\' annual awards on Friday March 18th. The judges deemed the book \'original and important\' and stated that \'every pupil leaving school should be given this\'.

Young Citizen\'s Passport Scotland, in its pocket sized format, provides invaluable and succinct advice on a wide range of issues including Scottish law, the police, work, training and money. The award was bestowed for the publication\'s ‘immense contribution to social education\', as well as its attractive format, designed by Nomad Graphique.

Young Citizen\'s Passport Scotland, published by Hodder Gibson, was largely written and edited by Tony Thorpe, devised by the Citizenship Foundation and produced in association with the Law Society of Scotland.

Commenting on the award, Tony Thorpe, Citizenship Foundation said, \'We are delighted to have been honoured with this prestigious award. Our aim has been to make the resource specifically relevant for young people in Scotland, providing them with bite-sized relevant information about everyday life.\'

The awards this year were more competitive than ever, with resources really meeting the needs of the curriculum, using Scottish source material to make them even more targeted towards their audience and being increasingly imaginative.

Young Citizen\'s Passport Scotland is based on the award winning Young Citizen\'s Passport for England and Wales, first published in 1994. The book is aimed at young people, youth workers and teachers with a special teachers\' resource also available (www.teachcitizenship.co.uk).

A Northern Ireland version has also been written, clearly explaining those parts of the law that have most relevance to the everyday life of young people in Northern Ireland.

Further information

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Notes for editors:

1. The Citizenship Foundation is an independent charity (no.801360) which aims to empower individuals to engage in the wider community through education about the law, democracy and society, Founded in 1989, it focuses on developing young people’s citizenship skills, knowledge and understanding. Its work includes resources, training, active learning programmes, community projects and research.

2. The Young Citizen’s Passport is available from bookshops or bulk orders available from the publishers Hodder Headline (schools@bookpoint.co.uk) T: 01235 872220 or Fax. 01234 400454. ISBN code: 0-340-88515-7

3. Price:

Under 20 copies: £3.99 each

20-29 copies: £2.50 each

30-99 copies: £2.00 each

100-999 copies: 1.50 each

1,000+ copies: £1.00 each

4. The book is targeted at 14–19 year olds.

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