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The report of the Advisory Group on Education for Citizenship and the Teaching of Democracy in Schools identifies three inter-related components that should run through all education for Citizenship.

  • Social & Moral Responsibility
    Pupils learning - from the very beginning - self-confidence and socially and morally responsible behaviour both in and beyond the classroom, towards those in authority and towards each other.
  • Community Involvement
    Pupils learning about becoming helpfully involved in the life and concerns of their neighbourhood and communities, including learning through community involvement and service to the community.
  • Political Literacy
    Pupils learning about the institutions, problems and practices of our democracy and how to make themselves effective in the life of the nation, locally, regionally and nationally through skills and values as well as knowledge - a concept wider than political knowledge alone.

Pupils develop skills of enquiry, communication, participation and responsible action through learning about and becoming informed and interested citizens. This will be achieved through creating links between pupils’ learning in the classroom and activities that take place across the school, in the community and the wider world. The National Curriculum Handbook sets out what pupils should learn through citizenship education.