For the past year or so the Citizenship Foundation has been working with partners from Amnesty International, ACT, BYC, Changemakers, CSV, Hansard Society, Institute for Global Ethics, involver and LSN to put together a coalition in support of citizenship education.
After a lot of hard work, we’re now in a position to go public with our message and I’m pleased to say we’ve taken some important first steps by building a website and sending a briefing about citizenship education to all Parliamentarians.
Our efforts couldn’t have come to fruition at a better time. In his speech to the Conservative Party conference last week, the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove MP, made clear that he is reviewing the National Curriculum subject by subject.
While he’s been very vocal about his commitment to English, maths and sciences and his intention to revive history, we still don’t know enough about his commitment to citizenship education. It is essential that citizenship education not only retains its importance in the National Curriculum, but also that it receives more support from the Department of Education so that teaching of the subject continues to improve.
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