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10 March, 2006

Citizenship Foundation launch major new citizenship teaching resource: Making Sense of Citizenship:

The Citizenship Foundation has written a unique new publication to provide essential guidance for all staff involved in the planning and delivery of the citizenship curriculum. Making Sense of Citizenship: A Continuing Professional Development Handbook has been developed to respond to the need for good quality CPD, as identified by Ofsted, QCA and the DfES. Two free copies have been sent to every secondary school in England.

Developed by leading figures in the citizenship education field in association with ACT, DfES, QCA, Citized, LSDA and Ofsted, the handbook is the first textbook to provide an overarching framework for teaching the whole citizenship curriculum. Drawing on best practice as it has been emerging since 2002, the handbook covers citizenship education for 3-19 year olds, with a focus on secondary schools. It provides guidance on teaching and learning strategies, assessment, recording and reporting, methods of delivery and training and professional development.

Tony Breslin, Chief Executive of the Citizenship Foundation said, “We believe it will make a significant contribution to Ofsted’s requirement for schools ‘to establish high standards for citizenship that are comparable with standards in other subjects.’ We know from our own work and through research and inspection reports that many schools are now delivering excellent practice across the curriculum and the school as a community. Making Sense of Citizenship is full of practical ideas to enable teachers to evaluate their own practice and to develop it further.”

In addition to the handbook, the citizenship foundation is also launching a training package for secondary citizenship teachers. Citizenship: Raising the Standard comprises a two hour DVD/video and a photocopiable manual. The materials contain extensive guidance on issues such as teaching controversial issues, dealing with racism in class, improving class discussion, the development of social and moral thinking and whole school approaches to citizenship.

The DVD/video is based on extensive filming of a range of real lessons and on interviews with citizenship teachers and students. The accompanying manual includes commentary, questions for discussion and overhead transparencies.

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Review copies

If you would be interested in reviewing either (or both) publications, please contact us (details above).

To order a copy of

Making Sense of Citizenship: A Continuing Professional Development Handbook is published by Hodder Murray. To order a copy priced £25, please contact bookpoint on

01235 827720 or by email at schools@bookpont.co.uk

Citizenship: raising the standard is published by Connect Publications. To order a copy priced £33.50 (inc. postage) contact connect publications on 01273 401714, or by email at contact@connectpublications.co.uk

About the Citizenship Foundation

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. www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk

About ACT

The Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT) is the professional subject association for those involved in citizenship education. Their main aim is the furtherance of mutual support, knowledge and good practice, skills and resources for the teaching and learning of Citizenship in schools and colleges.

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