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Citizenship and the New National Curriculum

Association for Citizenship Teaching Announcement - September 2013

"ACT is delighted that the new curriculum for Citizenship at key stages 3 and 4 has finally been published. Released today on the DfE website, the new curriculum provides details of the programmes of study for key stages 3 and 4 to be taught from September 2014. "

" The revised curriculum should be seen as a baseline which citizenship teachers can improve and therefore the real development work will take place in schools and with teachers. As has been stated before, ACT Council is leading such development work currently and advise teachers NOT to rush into changes this academic year but to look for advice and guidance from ACT as to how to evolve new schemes of work that enrich the new programmes of study. There is plenty of time for debate and discussion about how to implement the curriculum, how to develop schemes of work and what resources and approaches might be needed. "

If you are a Primary teacher then you need to refer to the Primary curriculum for key stages 1 and 2.

"Citizenship is no longer mentioned in the Primary curriculum document, to be taught from September 2014. However, the curriculum document for Primary does state on page 5 that schools must provide a curriculum that is 'balanced and broadly based' and 'promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life'. Also the document states that Primary schools are free to include other subjects or topics in their planning and design their own programme of education. ACT advises that this is a reference to citizenship."

Citizenship remains an entitlement across all maintained schooling; there are references to it either directly or indirectly in the aims, purpose and teaching of the Primary and Secondary phases, in other subjects, in SMSC and notions of community engagement. School leaders, governors, teachers and parents should work together to ensure that learners can always have the highest quality provision in citizenship teaching and be able to enjoy and achieve in the subject.

Department for Education: Citizenship Programmes of Study KS3 and 4 (2013)

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