Corbyn’s shadow cabinet: a breath of fresh air for citizenship education?

So, Jeremy Corbyn, the new leader of the Labour Party (you didn’t know that? Where have you been?) has announced his shadow cabinet. And it looks – on the face of it at least – like quite a promising one for citizenship education.

Whereas the Conservatives seem to have forgotten they even have a citizenship curriculum, and the previous Labour leadership took some time to acknowledge it, the new shadow cabinet has a history of supporting it.

In 2010, David Blunkett tabled an early day motion to recognise the importance of citizenship education. It was signed by Jeremy Corbyn himself, Heidi Alexander (shadow health secretary), John McDonnell (shadow chancellor) and Lisa Nandy (shadow energy secretary).

And earlier, in 2005, Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell signed an EDM in recognition of our work (yes us, the Citizenship Foundation).

As for the actual shadow education secretary, Lucy Powell, we shall have to wait and see. I don’t know much about her (leaving aside her controversial television appearances and her involvement with Labour’s ill-fated general election campaign), except that she voted for state school teachers to have qualified teacher status and against greater autonomy for schools.

Views expressed on this blog are not necessarily those of the Citizenship Foundation.

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