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7 December, 1999

Major international study finds Citizenship Education attracting world-wide attention

An international study by the National Foundation for Educational Research reveals that citizenship is now a major topic among the 16 countries surveyed.

For the very first time in England, in the year 2002, Citizenship will be included in the National Curriculum as a statutory requirement for secondary schools. The orders were sent out to schools last month along with a booklet detailing the legal requirements and providing information to help teachers implement citizenship in their schools. 'Education in citizenship and democracy will provide coherence in the way in which all pupils are helped to develop a full understanding of their roles and responsibilities as citizens in a modern democracy.' Rt Hon David Blunkett, Secretary of State for Education and Employment, and Sir William Stubbs, Chairman, QCA Jan Newton, Chief Executive of the Citizenship Foundation, who is a member of the DfEE's working party under Education Minister, Jacqui Smith, comments: 'We greatly welcome the introduction of citizenship in the National Curriculum. The Foundation has for the past ten years been a leader in promoting its introduction and in the development of programmes for schools. Our work is expanding fast to help effective delivery of citizenship: in the areas of resource development, teacher training and support for schools'. Over the next few months an integrated support structure will be put in place on our website, offering support and advice to staff students on the introduction of Citizenship.
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