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25 January, 2007

Citizenship Foundation welcomes Diversity Curriculum Review

The Citizenship Foundation welcomes Sir Keith Ajegbo's timely report into issues of diversity and identity within the curriculum and within teaching and learning in citizenship.

Tony Breslin, Chief Executive at the Citizenship Foundation said “We welcome Sir Keith's suggestion that a fourth strand, 'Identity and Diversity: Living together in the UK' should inform future curriculum models as well as his call for an approach to citizenship education that is informed through the lens of history. This approach brings a welcome focus to the role of issues such as immigration, universal suffrage, the legacy of slavery and the EU, in forming the Britain that we are today and in shaping our multiple identities and our shared values.

"Teaching about such matters is a complex and skilled activity. We are pleased to see that the review calls for citizenship education to be delivered by appropriately trained and resourced specialist citizenship teachers and the acknowledgement that citizenship needs to be granted distinct and sufficient space on the timetable, echoing recent reports from Ofsted and the National Foundation for Educational Research. It is vital, as the Citizenship Foundation has been arguing for some time, in terms of initial teacher training and teachers' ongoing professional development, that further resources are now released to prepare teachers and schools to meet this challenge. The newly launched nationally certificated programme for practising teachers provides a starting point but much more needs to be done.

"We hope also that Sir Keith's report will send a strong message to the minority of school leaders who have yet to give citizenship its proper place in the curriculum and in the life of the school."

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Notes for editors:

1. 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

2. Citizenship became part of the National Curriculum in September 2002, in England for 11-16 year olds. There are currently three strands: Social and Moral Responsibility; Community Involvement; and Political Literacy.

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