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15 January, 2001

Support for Teachers Delivering Citizenship regional conferences

The Citizenship Coalition is organising a series of free regional conferences, funded by and in association with the DfEE.

Secondary schools across England are busy preparing for the implementation of Citizenship in the National Curriculum. A broad coalition of citizenship organisations is working to support teachers as they develop their school plans for Citizenship. The Citizenship Coalition, consisting of the Citizenship Foundation, Council for Education in World Citizenship, CSV Community Service Volunteers and the Institute for Citizenship, is organising a series of free regional conferences, funded by and in association with the DfEE. Citizenship advisers, subject co-ordinators, curriculum managers and teachers participating in the conferences will share practical advice and examples of good practice through a choice of interactive workshops. Each conference will include updates from the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and the Department for Education and Employment on the implementation of Citizenship. In addition, there will be an exhibit from educational publishers of Citizenship education resources. 'Citizenship education is about active participatory learning. The format of these conferences follows that theme, by bringing together local teachers and advisors in each region to learn and share their ideas and expertise. I strongly encourage citizenship education practitioners to attend,', said Bernard Crick. The conferences begin on Tuesday, 23 January, in Newcastle and run through to Wednesday, 28 March, in Canterbury.

Notes for editors:

1. The conferences are organised by the Citizenship Coalition which includes the Citizenship Foundation, Council for Education in World Citizenship, Community Service Volunteers and the Institute for Citizenship, in association with the Department for Education and Employment and School Councils UK.2. The dates of the conferences are: Newcastle, 23 January 2001; Manchester, 31 January 2001; Sheffield, 5 February 2001; Birmingham, 12 February 2001; London, 2 March 2001; Nottingham, 12 March 2001; Exeter, 20 March 2001; Canterbury, 28 March 2001.3. Citizenship becomes a statutory entitlement at Key Stages 3 and 4 students aged 11 to 16 from September 2002.

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