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4 March, 2010

Citizenship resources for Pupil Referral Units launched

A set of citizenship resources that have been specially written for use in Pupil Referral Units (PRUs) will be launched nationwide, by the Citizenship Foundation, at the end of March 2010. Citizenship Challenge covers a range of key topics, such as rights and responsibilities and political literacy, aimed at young people in PRUs that would benefit most from this type of education but often do not receive it in an appropriate form. The resources will be available to download for free from the Citizenship Foundation website from 31 March 2010.

The resources are the result of the Citizenship Challenge Development Project, sponsored by the Wates Foundation, which trialled and evaluated the original Citizenship Challenge resources, released in 2006, in consultation with teachers and youth workers from PRUs and other alternative settings from across the country.

‘Just having all PRUs was amazing. This has never happened before. No one has ever acknowledged a PRU's differing training needs before.'

Anna Robinson from Burley Park PRU, Leeds

In any one year around 45,000 pupils spend some time in PRUs. These young people can experience poor literacy, low confidence and self-esteem, negative peer culture and poor experience of the law and authorities. PRU teachers are often isolated from developments in mainstream education and many mainstream materials are not suited to the particular needs of students or the difficult situations in which they teach. The result is that the students arguably most likely to benefit from citizenship education are least likely to encounter it in a suitable form. It is on this basis that the Citizenship Foundation produced the Citizenship Challenge resources. The purpose of the evaluation was to assess their success in these settings and to update them to ensure they fully fitted the needs of this audience.

Citizenship Challenge is made up of eight units and covers the key elements of the key stage 3 and 4 national curriculum for citizenship. In addition, young people are able to achieve an AQA Unit Award for the completion of each unit.






Media contact

Emma Doyle at the Citizenship Foundation, tel: 020 7566 4134 or email emma.doyle@citizenshipfoundation.org.uk



Notes to Editors


About the Citizenship Foundation

The Citizenship Foundation is an independent education and participation 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


Further information the resources

As well as the evaluation, trialling and re-drafting of the Citizenship Challenge resources, the development project has held training seminars for teachers and youth workers on citizenship education. It has also carried out extensive research on the need for citizenship education in Pupil Referral Units, the results of which will be published later this year.


Further information about Pupil Referral Units

There are over 350 Pupil Referral Units in England, which cater for students across key stages 1-4. From September 2010, Pupil Referral Units will be known as Short Stay Schools.




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