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VotesforSchools - Resources (18/01/2017)

Votes for Schools have a range of resources available for schools. Please see the news items under Primary, Secondary and Post 16 and visit their website at 

New Issue of London Review of Education (23/11/2016)

The latest issue of London Review of Education has been published. The issue includes two papers on human rights education, and can be accessed here:


New issue of Democracy & Education (17/11/2016)

The latest issue of the online journal - Democracy & Education - has been published. The journal can be accessed by following this link


Call for Papers: 13th International CitizED Conference, Seoul, Korea (18/10/2016)

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for the 13th International CitizED conference, to be held at the Korea National Sport University, Seoul, Korea from 29th June 2017 to 1st July 2017. The conference theme is 'Global citizenship and youth work: educational meanings, possibilities and practices', and the conference flyer can be found at

Call for abstracts: Hong Kong Macao SAR Youth: Identity, Citizenship Education and Civic Participation (06/09/2016)

We would like to draw colleagues’ attention to the following conference ‘Hong Kong  Macao SAR Youth: Identity, Citizenship Education and Civic Participation’, which will be held on 17th December, 2016 (Saturday) at the Education University of Hong Kong. The overall objective of this conference is to provide academic and professional platforms for discussing and exchanging views on the relationships between identity formation, citizenship education and civic participation of Hong Kong and Macao youth after sovereignty return to China. Please send an abstract with a chosen area of the above in no more than 300 words (Both English and Chinese are acceptable, English is preferred.) in Word format to Dr. Cheung Hin-wah, Chris ( on or before 14th Oct…

Special Issue of JSSE on Teaching Controversial Issues Published (13/06/2016)

A special issue of the Journal of Social Science Education on the theme controversial issues in the political classroom has been published and can be accessed 

Reinventing the High School Government Course: New open access article (07/06/2016)

A new article - Reinventing the High School Government Course: Rigor, Simulations, and Learning from Text, by Walter C. Parker and Jane C. Lo - has been published in the open access journal, Democracy & Education. The article can be found at 

James Banks Lectures (13/05/2016)

Professor James Banks will be providing a series of lectures at University College London in May. The first - Global Migration, Failed Citizenship and Civic Education - will be held on Wednesday May 18th, 17:30-19:30. The second - Civic Education in the Age of Global Migration - will be held on Thursday May 19th, 17:30-19:30. Details of the two events can be found at and

Association for Citizenship Teaching National Conference 2016 (06/04/2016)

Details of the Association for Citizenship Teaching's National Conference 2016, to be held at Middlesex University, Tuesday 28th June, can be found at As always, a discounted registration rate is available for unwaged student teachers.

PhD Studentship Opportunity: University of Lincoln (15/03/2016)

I am emailing to draw your attention to a fully-funded PhD studentship on young people's politics that has recently been advertised on the University of Lincoln's website. Please see here for details: 

Call for Papers: Youth Matters: Moving From the Margins (24/02/2016)

To officially launch Newcastle University’s Youth Research Network a call for papers has been announced for the first conference - Youth Matters: Moving from the Margins hosted alongside the Political Studies Association’s Young People’s Politics Specialist Group and Newcastle University’s School of Geography, Politics and Sociology. The conference is being held, June 8-9 at Newcastle University, with a deadline for abstracts for 4th April 2016. Abstracts can be submitted through the conference website: 

Use Your Vote - Campaign Launch (28/01/2016)

A new national campaign - Use Your Vote - is launching on Tuesday 1st March 2016 at the Palace of Westminster. At this event the campaign website,, will be launched. The launch will also offer an opportunity for key influencers concerned about issues such as democratic renewal, social action, citizenship education and community engagement to meet together and discuss how we can move forward most effectively. Use Your Vote - which seeks to reach out to all communities and all age groups - has been developed by a team led by Dr. Tony Breslin at Breslin Public Policy. Use Your Vote also have a live Twitter account @useyourvote_uk – for colleagues to follow us and send messages of support.

Open Call for Papers 12th Annual International CitizED Conference (05/11/2015)

The 12th International CitizED Conference Citizenship and Character: Clarifying Characterisations and Exploring Collaboration will be held at University of Birmingham, 28 – 30 July 2016. Proposals that explore matters from qualitative and/or quantitative studies are welcome. Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words in Word format to by 12pm on Monday 25th January 2016 with the email subject ‘CitizED conference 2016 CFP’. Please include full name, position, affiliation, and email in the abstract. This conference accepts papers in English only. There is a conference registration fee of £100, covering meals and drinks throughout the conference (excluding breakfast). The conference dinner, on Friday 29th July, will be subsidised by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues. 


Call for Papers: Social Justice in Times of Crisis and Hope: Young People, Well-being and the Politics of Education (02/11/2015)

Social Justice in Times of Crisis and Hope: Young People, Well-being and the Politics of Education. Wednesday 6th – Friday 8th July 2016, Barcelona, Spain. This three-day conference (including a half-day networking event) asks delegates to explore the role of social justice in times of crisis and hope. We ask for papers that examine the role of young people in contemporary social movements, with the kinds of demands that are being made by the world’s young people, and with the spaces within which they are making such demands. In addition we encourage papers that engage with the notion of well-being, with what this means in the contemporary moment and for whom. Finally we wish to interrogate the politics of education, to think about the limits and possibilities, and the challenges and opportunities for social justice through education. Abstracts must be received by Monday 4th January 2016.  

Citizenship, Democracy and Human Rights - New Council of Europe publications (07/06/2015)

The Council of Europe has published some new resources focusing on citizenship, democracy and human rights. An overview of these can be found by  by visiting the Council of Europe's website at

International Centre for Education and Democratic Citizenship Annual Conference (31/03/2015)

The International Centre for Education and Democratic Citizenship (ICEDC) is holding their Annual Conference on Monday 15 June 2015 at UCL Institute of Education 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL. Entitled "Education in multicultural settings: the struggle for human rights" the 9th Annual Conference is a meeting place for researchers, graduate students, education policymakers, and civil society activists from across Europe and internationally. Participants will discuss current research and policy relating to education for human rights and democratic citizenship. The conference organisers welcome research papers and poster presentations addressing citizenship learning from sociology, education, politics and other relevant disciplines, as well as analyses of policy and case studies from NGOs and campaigns. For more details visit  

Save A-Level Citizenship Studies (15/02/2015)

Democratic Life are campaigning to save A-Level Citizenship Studies, which the AQA have decided to stop offering in the future. The campaign is supported by David Blunkett, Lord Phillips of Sudbury, as well as a number of higher education professionals working in the field. We encourage you to support the campaign. More details can be found by visiting the Democratic Life website and by signing their petition. Full details can be found at

Lecture - Learning to Live Together: struggles for citizenship and human rights education (12/02/2015)

Hugh Starkey, Professor of Citizenship and Human Rights Education, will be giving his Inaugural Professorial Lecture entitled "Learning to Live Together: struggles for citizenship and human rights education" at 6pm on Thursday 12 March in the Jeffrey Hall of UCL's Institute of Education. Abstract: Citizenship education engages with living together in diverse societies where democracy provides a framework for lively struggles against discrimination by gender, ethnicity, class or sexuality. Drawing lessons from historic struggles against racist structures and ideologies, I note that leaders such as Mandela, King and Malcolm X invoked the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to invite solidarity, linking local and global communities in common citizenship. I examine some pedagogical challenges raised by earlier attempts to challenge narrowly nationalist perspectives. Education for cosmopolitan citizenship provides expression for multiple voices and promotes common standar…

Call for Papers/ IACSEE Conference 2015, Universitaet Goettingen, Germany 2-4 July (23/01/2015)

We would like to draw your attention to a recent call for papers for the 11th international Conference of IACSEE (International Association for Citizenship, Social and Economics Education), which will take place 2nd - 4th of July 2015 at Goettingen University, Germany. Full details at:

11th International CitizED Conference (09/11/2014)

The 11th CitizED conference will be held in conjunction with the 6th Redesigning Pedagogy International Conference at the National Institute of Education (NIE) in Singapore from the 2nd to 4th of June 2015. This conference focuses on three themes: leadership, values and citizenship. This year, representing CitizED, we have Ian Davies and Carole Hahn as the keynote speakers. James Arthur and Kathy Bickmore will also be joining us as panelists. Please see the conference website for more details about the other speakers. The conference flyer can be found here. A one-day CitizED Conference option is available. However, you are strongly encouraged to attend the full conference as there will be CitizED highlighted sessions throughout. There will also be a cultural dinner on the 4th of June for CitizED delegates. Please submit your proposals by end December 2014 to the following website:

First in Our New "Citizen Voices" Series Published (26/10/2014)

We are very pleased to announce the publication of The Pedagogy of Power: Learning for Democracy by Titus Alexander. This is the first in our new "citizen voices" series of pieces written for the citizED site. We are looking for lively pieces for possible immediate publication that provide insights into current events and issues, perhaps provide practical professional ways forward and provide commentary on the latest developments in policy and research. Please send pieces (between 4000-6000 words) for consideration to Ian Davies ( and Andrew Peterson (

Seminar critiquing Trojan Horse narratives (26/09/2014)

A seminar critiquing Trojan Horse narratives is being held at the University of Birmingham, Thursday 23rd October (10:30-16:30), University of Birmingham. The seminar will seek to examine the reports by Clarke, Kershaw and Ofsted and the dominant narratives surrounding and emerging from the ‘Trojan Horse' affair. Participation is invited from academics, researchers and practitioners. The seminar arises from issues raised by letters published in The Guardian in the spring and summer 2014 (4/6/14 and 28/7/14) and will be hosted by CRRE, which is dedicated to the pursuit race equality and social justice in education. The seminar will be held in the School of Education, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston. Travel directions will be sent to all participants. There are several convenient eating places on the university campus. More details can be found here.

Special Seminar: Mobilities Paradigm and the Challenges of Comparative Education (19/09/2014)

A special seminar on globalization and comparative education, which will be provided by Fazal Rizvi, an Erasmus Mundus visiting scholar and an expert in the field of educational policy and transnationalism is being held at the Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, 14:00-15:30 on Thursday 30th October. Much has been written in recent years about the global mobilities not only of people but also of ideas and ideologies, capital and finance, media and technologies as well as hope of desires, leading John Urry to claim that social and educational research should now be guided by the mobilities paradigm. In this talk, I will assess Urry's arguments and argue that aspects of what he has said have major implications for thinking about comparative research. Fazal Rizvi is a Professor of Global Studies in Education at the University of Melbourne and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

International Centre for Education and Democratic Citizenship Seminar (04/09/2014)

ICEDC is offering a special lunchtime ‘brown bag' (i.e. bring your own lunch) seminar on Tuesday 30 September at 1pm in room 944 at IOE, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL The title is: 'Citizenship after Entitlement: Geographies of youth citizenship in and out of place'. The guest speakers are Associate Professor Lucas Walsh and Dr Rosalyn Black, Monash University, Australia.


Highly Successful 10th International Conference Held in Birmingham (24/07/2014)

The 10th International CitizED conference was held last week at the University of Birmingham, England. Delegates from around the world met to share their research, ideas and wisdom on a range of issues concerning education for citizenship. As always, the conference was conducted in a collegial, friendly yet inquisitive manner. A link to the papers will be available soon. The 11th International Conference will be held at the NIE, Singapore in June 2015. More details will be available soon.

Citizenship, Democracy and Ethnocultural Diversity Newsletter (03/06/2014)

The latest Citizenship, Democracy and Ethnocultural Diversity Newsletter has been published by the Queen's Forum for Philosophy and Public Policy in Canada. To view the newsletter visit 

IOE-BNU Conference - Learning in a Changing World (25/05/2014)

A joint conference held by the Institute of Education and Beijing Normal University is being held in London, 21st-22nd November 2014. For more details of the conference, including key note speakers, themes, programme and registration visit

RSA Report - Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Education (13/03/2014)

The RSA has published a report - Schools with a Soul - investigating spiritual, moral, social and cultural education in English schools. For more information and to view the full report visit  

ICEDC 8th Intermational Conference 27 June 2014 (05/03/2014)

The 8th International Conference of the International Centre for Education and Democratic Citizenship is being held at Birkbeck, University of London, England on 27th June 2014. For more details, including the submissions of abstracts and the programme, please visit the Centre's website at

10th International CitizED conference: 17-19th July 2014, University of Birmingham, UK (28/01/2014)

The 10th International CitizED conference is being held at the University of Birmingham, UK between the 17-19th July 2014 (please note that these dates are a slight change from the originally published dates). The conference theme is 'Raising standards in citizenship education: ideas, ideals and issues from around the world'. A call for papers has been released, with a submission of abstracts requested by Monday 31st March 2014. For more details, including the registration fee and accomodation information view the call for papers here.  

Free Event - Learning From Our Mistakes: What Not To Do (15/01/2014)

Democracy Matters is holding a free event focusing on "Learning From Our Mistakes: What Not To Do on Thursday 23 January 2014. Guest speakers include Titus Alexander. The event is at the Institute of Education, London, UK. For more details and to book a place visit the booking site by clicking here.

Political Community Workshop: University of Aberdeen. 24th-25th June 2014. (09/01/2014)

The Centre for Citizenship, Civil Society and the Rule of Law at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland is holding a two day workshop 24-25 June 2014. The theme of the workshop is 'Political Community: Authority in the Name of Community', with the deadline for the submission of abstracts on 28th February. For more details visit

Citizenship After Orientalism (Oecumene) project - Final Conference 6-7 March 2014 OU Milton Keynes (13/12/2013)

Colleagues may be interested in the final conference of Professor Engin Isin's Citizenship After Orientalism (Oecumene) project funded by the European Research Council (ERC). Since January 2010, six postdoctoral researchers, two visiting postdoctoral fellows and three PhD students have conducted research on the vexed relationship between citizenship and orientalism under my supervision and explored ways of rearticulating or reimagining this relationship. Drawing upon this research, this two-day conference presents 12 papers as affirmative statements and provides a glimpse of how we might (and must) begin to think about it differently. Professor Hamid Dabashi (Columbia University, New York) will be delivering a keynote lecture at the end of the first day. Please find the draft programme at this link:

IPPR Report: Citizen Schools: Learning to Rebuild Democracy (26/11/2013)

Colleagues may be interested in a recent report produced by the Institute for Public Policy Research. Entitled Citizen Schools: Learning to Rebuild Democracy, the report draws on primary research to investigate the relationships between a school, students as 'active citizens', their communities and efforts to renew the democratic instinct. Further details, including access to the full report, can be found here.

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Report: Spain (04/11/2013)

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Mui�nieks, has produced a report following his visit to Spain earlier this year to explore the affects of austerity measures. The report includes a section on the policy to abolish education for citizenship in Spain. The full report can be downloaded from

Call for Papers: Special Issue of JSSE on Civic Activism, Engagement and Education (27/10/2013)

A call for papers has been issued for a special issue of the Journal of Social Science Education on the theme of Civic Activism, Engagement and Education. To read more about the call visit

Call For Papers: 10th International citizED conference, University of Birmingham, UK, 16th-18th July 2014 (21/10/2013)

We are pleased to announce a call for papers for the 10th International citizED conference which will be held at the University of Birmingham, UK between the 16th and 18th July 2014. The conference theme is Raising Standards in Citizenship Education: Ideas, Ideals and Issues from Around the World. Full details of the call for papers are available here.   

CLASS Policy Paper - Education, Justice and Democracy (20/10/2013)

CLASS - the Centre for Labour and Social Studies - have published a policy paper written by Professor Stephen Ball entitled Education, Justice and Democracy: The Struggle Over Ignorance and Opportunity. The paper proposes a set of new policies to address the challenges faced by education today. To read the report you can download it by clicking here.

New OfSTED Citizenship Subject Report Published in England (14/10/2013)

The Office for Standards in Education have published its most recent three year inspection report of Citizenship education in England. Entitled Citizenship Consolidated?, the report draws on data collected between 2009 and 2012 and covers Primary and Secondary schools. You can download the report here.

Practical Political Education Seminar Series (09/10/2013)

Democracy Matters and the International Centre for Education and Democratic Citizenship is hosting a seminar series entitled Pratical Political Education commencing Wednesday 24th October from 17:30 - 19:30. All sessions are being held at the Institute of Education, London. For more details visit the seminar series website here.

New National Curriculum for Citizenship in England (24/09/2013)

We are delighted to bring colleagues attention to the news that the final programmes of study for Citizenship education at Key Stage 3 and 4 in England have been published by the Department for Education. We congratulate everyone involved in the campaign to keep a strong form of Citizenship education within the National Curroculum. Colleagues can view the announcements from Democratic Life and the Association for Citizenship Teaching, and can also view the new curriculum from the DfE website.

The Phoenix Education Trust: Chair of Trustees Vacancy (18/09/2013)

The Phoenix Trust, a small charity that promotes democracy in education across the UK, is currently looking for a new Chair of Trustees. Colleagues interested in the Trust or the position should visit the Trust's website by clicking here.

10th CitizED International Conference: University of Birmingham, England, July 16th - 18th, 2014 (05/09/2013)

We are delighted to announce that the 10th CitizED International Conference will be held at the University of Birmingham, England between 16th and 18th July 2014. A call for papers, registration details, and a draft programme will appear here soon.

CiCea News Letters (14/08/2013)

Colleagues will be interested in accessing regular newsletters from the Children's Identity and Citizenship European Association. The newsletters can be found by visiting

Political Studies Association - Young People's Politics (12/08/2013)

The Political Studies Association has a new Young People's Politics specialist group. For more details, visit the Young People's Politics section of the PSA s website by clicking here.

9th CitizED Conference in Tokyo a Great Success - Report (18/07/2013)

The 9th CitizED Conference held last week in Tokyo was a great success, with over 100 delegates from 14 countries gathering to consider the nature of Citizenship education in relation to the conference theme "East meets West". The conference provided delegates to share developments and work from across the world. The report is now available here.

New National Curriculum for Citizenship Published (09/07/2013)

The new Programmes of Study for Citizenship education at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 have been published. This follows a long period of uncertainty, campaigning, hope, and consultation, and follows the widely welcomed announcement earlier this year that Citizenship education would remain part of the statutory curriculum for English State secondary schools. To view the Programmes of Study visit

Creating Citizenship Communities: Final Report and Free Learning Resources (27/06/2013)

The final report and free learning resources from the Creating Citizenship Communities project (funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation) have bee published. These can be downloaded by clicking here.

ACT: NATIONAL CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION CONFERENCE, Thursday 9 July, ULU, Malet Street, London (16/06/2013)

Relaunching Citizenship: A day of CPD for Citizenship teachers and education professionals.

The 2013 ACT conference is an opportunity to celebrate the continued growth of Citizenship and will help you prepare to teach the new Citizenship curriculum for England from 2014 and bring you up to speed on the latest changes to the subject. The keynote speaker will be David Blunkett MP, political founder of Citizenship Education and a key ally in maintaining the status of the Citizenship in the new curriculum. To book your place visit

Final Call for Papers: 9th CitizED International Conference Tokyo, Japan, July 13th-15th, 2013: East and West in Citizenship Education: Encounters in Education for Diversity and Democracy (11/04/2013)

We would like to remind colleagues of the 9th citizED conference, which will be held in Tokyo, 13-15th July 2013. Key note presentations and papers on research and scholarship in citizenship education will explore a wide range of themes including philosophical principles, policy, teacher training, pedagogy and assessment. Papers are welcomed which adopt comparative perspectives as well as those that explore ideas and practices about individual countries and regions. The conference will take place at the Campus Innovation Center, Tokyo which is purpose built, well-equipped and easily accessible. To download the conference call for papers click here. To download the conference program and schedule click here.

International Centre for Education for Democratic Citizenship (01/03/2013)

The International Centre for Education for Democratic Citizenship, a joint project of the Institute of Education and Birkbeck College, University of London has a newly updated website which can be found at

Citizenship Education to Remain a Statutory Subject for 11-16 Year Olds in England (11/02/2013)

Colleagues will be pleased to hear, after months of lobbying and uncertainty, that the Secretary of State for Education has announced that Citizenship Education will remain as a statutory subject within the National Curriculum for English States schools at Key Stages 3 (11-14) and 4 (14-16). Draft Programmes of Study have been produced and can be viewed by visiting the Department for Education website.

Visit of Professor James A. Banks to Institute Of Education: Monday March 11th 2013 (21/01/2013)

On Monday 11th March 2013, the Institute of Education, University of London is welcoming Professor James A. Banks (Kerry and Linda Killinger Endowed Chair in Diversity Studies and Director Cener for Multicultural Education, University of Seattle) to give a public lecture on the theme of 'Diversity and Citizenship Education in Global Times'. The Lecture will be preceded by the Launch of the SAGE Encycopedia of Diversity and Education Edited by Professor Banks. For more details of the event or to book a place please contact Rachel Shaw (

Call for Papers: 9th citizED International Conference Tokyo, Japan, July 13-15, 2013: East and West in Citizenship Education: Encounters in Education for Diversity and Democracy (26/10/2012)

We are delighted to announce a call for papers and a draft programme for the 9th International citizED conference which will be held in Tokyo, 13-15th July 2013. Papers are welcomed which adopt comparative perspectives as well as those that explore ideas and practices about individual countries and regions. The conference will take place at the Campus Innovation Center, Tokyo which is purpose built, well-equipped and easily accessible. To access the call for papers click here. To access the draft programme click here.

CiCE 15th Annual Conference Call for Papers (17/10/2012)

CiCE have announced a call for papers for their 2013 annual conference to be held between 13-15 June, at the University of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal. The theme for the conference is "Identities and citizenship education: Controversy, crisis and challenges". More details can be found by visiting the CiCE webpage at

9th CitizED International Conference Tokyo, Japan, July 13th-15th, 2013: East and West in Citizenship Education: Encounters in Education for Diversity and Democracy (17/09/2012)

We are delighted to announce that the 9th citizED conference will be held in Tokyo, 13-15th July 2013. Key note presentations and papers on research and scholarship in citizenship education will explore a wide range of themes including philosophical principles, policy, teacher training, pedagogy and assessment. Papers will be welcomed which adopt comparative perspectives as well as those that explore ideas and practices about individual countries and regions. The conference will take place at the Campus Innovation Center, Tokyo which is purpose built, well-equipped and easily accessible.A call for papers with more detailed information will be issued in October 2012. To download the conference flyer click here.

History Educators International Research Network [HEIRNET] conference: 14th.-16th September 2013, Nicosia, Cyprus (11/09/2012)

HEIRNET 2013 will be held in Nicosia, Cyprus. The conference's host is the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research [ADHR], at its headquarters in central Nicosia, The Home of Cooperation. The conference theme is History, Conflict and Identity. HEIRNET aims to reflect the interests of the History Education community.

Two Citizenship Posts at the Citizenship Foundation (30/07/2012)

The Citizenship Foundation have 2 Citizenship posts which have just been advertised. The posts are advertised in the Guardian this week, TES on line and on the Citizenship Foundation website and charities page. The two posts are a Schools Development Manager - managing the Foundation's work with schools and working closely alongside David Kerr (Director of Educational Programmes) and a Corporate and CSR Development Manager - managing the Foundation's employee volunteering programmes. The closing date for applications is 9th August 2012. Further details can be found at

XI Annual International Conference of the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society (24/07/2012)

The XI Annual International Conference of the Bulgarian Comparative Education Society will be held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 14 - 17 May 2013. The Conference theme is: Education in One World: Perspectives from Different Nations. Plovdiv is a very old and beautiful city. It is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Plovdiv is located 150 km southeast of the Bulgarian capital Sofia. BCES will organize bus shuttle from Sofia Airport to Plovdiv. The Conference thematic sections are, Comparative Education & History of Education, Pre-service and In-service Teacher Training & Learning and Teaching Styles, Education Policy, Reforms and School Leadership, Higher Education, Lifelong Learning and Social Inclusion, Intercultural Education of Children from Preschool Age to Adolescence. The deadline for registration and paper submission is 1 February 2013. For more information please visit the Conference website:

Networking European Citizenship Education Conference - Participation Now! Citizenship Education and Democracy in Times of Change (15/07/2012)

21-24 November 2012, Córdoba (Spain). This year´s NECE Conference will focus on current concepts of democracy and participation in the face of worldwide processes of change in politics, society and economy. Well-known political scientist Claus Leggewie, Director of the German Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, is going to deliver a keynote speech. The conference takes place in the beautiful city of Cordoba in November - a centre of Islamic culture during the Middle Ages and one of Europe's most interesting historical locations. Register right now by sending an e-mail with your personal data (full name, organisation, address, e-mail) to: The programme is published in brief at Registration for the parallel workshop session will be possible in September.

The European Wergeland Centre - Newsletter #36/June 2012 Useful publications (29/06/2012)

The European Wergeland Centre has links to a range of useful and notable publications in the field of civic education. Visit the Centre's website to access the newsletters and the publications -

Call for Papers: International Association for Languages and Intercultural Understanding Conference (01/06/2012)

A call for papers for IALIC's annual conference, to be held at the University of Durham, Durham, England between 30th November and 2nd December 2012 has been announced. Abstracts are due on 15th June, with notification by 30th June. For more details, visit the conference webpage

Seminar: Citizenship Education in Russia and Finland in the Global Era (29/05/2012)

A seminar entitled Citizenship education policies in Russia and Finland in the global era" by Nelli Piattoeva, University of Tampere is being held on Thursday 31st of May, 10:30-12:00, Room 537, Institute of Education, London. The seminar will explore whether the citizenship education policies in Finland and Russia have been influenced by the supranational discourse on citizenship and democracy, as for instance disseminated by the Council of Europe (COE) and UNESCO. Citizenship education policies in Russia and Finland since the mid 1980s up to 2007, will be analyzed and compared to the supranational agenda of citizenship education.

CALL FOR PAPERS: ICEDC Annual Conference - Citizenship, history, democracy and education (30/04/2012)

The International Centre for Education for Democratic Citizenship, a joint centre of Birkbeck, University of London and Institute of Education, University of London invites you to contribute to its 6th annual conference: Citizenship, history, democracy and education. The conference will be held between Thursday 5 July 2012 9.30 - 5 at Birkbeck, University of London, Malet St, London WC1E 7HX. The conference will be an opportunity to present work on topics including: curricula, innovative practices, teaching methods and development of evaluation systems, including evaluation criteria and indicators. Presentations from academics, including master's and doctoral students, education policymakers and practitioners, trade unionists and civil society activists are invited.Abstracts of no more than 300 words including name and contact details, should be sent, no later than Friday 18 May 2012 to: Professor Hugh Starkey .

Creating Citizenship Communities - School Survey Report (04/03/2012)

The Creating Citizenship Communities through New Approaches to Learning: Survey of School Coordinators and Leaders on Community Cohesion and Citizenship conducted by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) and the Department of Education, University of York, are pleased to announce the release of the findings of the Creating Citizenship Communities school survey. For more about the project, to download the school survey report, and to access other publications please visit the project website at

European Commission: The 2011 Civic Competence Composite Indicator (CCCI-2) (12/02/2012)

The European Commission have published the 2011 Civic Competence Composite Indicator authored by Bryony Hoskins, Cynthia Villalba, and Michaela Saisana. The full report can be accessed from

Council of Europe: Rights and Freedoms in Practice - Teaching Resources (07/02/2012)

‘Rights and freedoms in practice - teaching resources' is a new education pack published by the Council of Europe. Designed for secondary school teachers, it makes both a theoretical and a practical contribution to classroom discussion of human rights with pupils aged 14 to 18. It provides learners with vital information about the Strasbourg Organisation, the European Convention on Human Rights, the European Court of Human Rights and the way cases are dealt with. Helped by their teachers, the pupils can use these teaching resources to analyse and discuss human rights, do exercises involving simplified case studies, familiarise themselves with legal issues, understand how the Court works and apply the knowledge acquired about human rights in Europe. The pack is available on the Council of Europe website in English, French, German, Russian and Turkish:…

The European Wergeland Centre (06/02/2012)

The European Wergeland Centre (EWC) is a European resource centre on education for intercultural understanding, human rights and democratic citizenship. It is the result of an innovative cooperation between Norway and the Council of Europe (CoE). The Centre is open to all the 47 member states of the CoE, and the main target groups are teachers, teacher trainers, decision makers and multipliers within education for intercultural understanding, human rights and democratic citizenship. The mission of the EWC is to build bridges between policy, research and practice. A number of new publications are available on the Centre's website at


Citizenship Foundation's Paying For It Offers Young People the Chance to be Chancellor (11/01/2012)

This week ‘Paying For It' launches an online tool which will enable 14-18 year olds to create and defend their own budget for the nation. Students from across the UK will be able to take up the challenge via the Chance to be Chancellor website for the next two months. Chance to be Chancellor gives the voters of the future a platform to voice their views on important economic decisions. A Youth Budget for the financial year will be produced from the entries to represent to voice of young people in anticipation of the official budget on 21st March. Students could win an iPad, visit the Treasury and make the news! Teachers are able to download ‘Paying For It's free Citizenship and PSHE lesson plans for Key Stage 3 and 4 which cover topics that link to the challenge. The competition is live until February 20th. To enter and take the Challenge here:

Media Education in Brazil: How to Avoid Moral Panics Living with that Media? (12/12/2011)

A LUNCHTIME SEMINAR is being held on Tuesday 17th January 12.00 - 1.30, Large Seminar Room, London Knowledge Lab, 23-29 Emerald Street, WC1N 3QS, with visiting fellow Dr Alexandra Bujokas de Siqueira. Dr. Alexandra Bujokas de Siqueira teaches media education for teaching degree courses and investigates the potential of internationally discussed pedagogical approaches to the study of the media in Brazilian classrooms. She is the leader of the Media Education Lab at the Federal University of Triangulo Mineiro in Minas Gerais State, Brazil. Her previous experiences include a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Open University, Faculty of Social Sciences. She was also a UNESCO Brazilian Office consultant for a project related to the media regulation framework in Brazil.


Call for Papers: Creating Communities: Local, National and Global, University of York, England, 24 -26 May 2012 (21/11/2011)

This joint conference, under the theme: Creating Communities: Local, National and Global brings together the Children's Identity and Citizenship in Europe Academic Network, (CiCe) a European network of academics and professionals funded by European Commission, with two other significant groups in the field of citizenship education: CitizED, a global network of academics and the project team of the Esmée Fairbairn funded initiative ‘Creating Citizenship Communities'. The conference aims to bring together staff involved in the education of pre- and in-service professionals who work with children and young people. Papers at the conference will range from research findings, theoretical discussions to analysis of practice. For the call for papers click here.

Education, Citizenship and Social Justice: Special Edition Published (02/11/2011)

A special edition of Education, Citizenship and Social Justice on Education, human rights and social justice in East Asia has been published this month. For more details and the table of contents visit


Understanding the 15-M Protest Movement in Spain (25/10/2011)

Wednesday 2 November 5 - 6 pm Institute of Education, University of London, London. Room S13 (Students' Union). Introduction and chair: Professor David Buckingham. Elisa Hernandes (University of Granada), currently visiting IOE, will speak about the Spanish protest movement launched in a series of demonstrations on 15 May 2011, which she has been researching in the context of a broader project about youth, politics and citizenship. The movement has inspired protests in cities across Europe and Israel and is notable for the lively participation of young people. She will consider the alternative forms of political and civic activity that are emerging in the movement, and the ways in which participants are using social media.


Critical and Postcritical Approaches to Global Citizenship Education (19/10/2011)

January 23rd to 26th, 2012, University of Canterbury College of Education, Christchurch, AOTEAROA/NEW ZEALAND. A symposium designed for postgraduate (PG) students working in the area of global citizenship education to:

- refine thinking about global citizenship by networking with other post-grad students doing work in the same field
- sharpen analyses, engage with new ideas and expand references in this area
- present research, and participate in writing workshops and reading groups

For more details, contact vanessa.andreotti[at]


Human Rights Education and Active Citizenship: Case for Scotland Conference. 27th October (13/10/2011)

This event, to be held at Glasgow City Chambers, is organised by BEMIS, in partnership with the UK National Commission for UNESCO Scotland Committee, Education Scotland, Oxfam, IDEAS, and Amnesty International. This conference aims to promote Human Rights Education (HRE) and Active Citizenship in Scotland. The conference brings specialist experience and expertise relevant to the core of HRE and Active Citizenship with excellent speakers presenting a series of alternative perspectives on an intercultural and ethical framework for active citizenship. Please register your interest ASAP as places are limited and there is a high demand for this conference. To register your interest, please email For more details go to the conference website.


EHRC Commission launches Key Stage 3 equality and human rights teaching resource (06/10/2011)

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has launched a new, free training and education resource, entitled Equal Rights, Equal Respect. Aimed at Key Stage 3 and teachers of all subjects, its purpose is to help teach equality and human rights in schools. The online toolkit includes three videos to use in the classroom exploring the consequences of discriminatory behaviour around race, disability and gender, 12 lesson plans and supporting materials, and interactive student activities. The resources also examine discrimination around age, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership, religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity and sexual orientation. The resources and multimedia will bring topics such as empathy, diversity, equality law and human rights into the classroom. Lesson plans support Citizenship and other subjects across the curriculum, and can be adapted to meet varying needs and abilities. The resource can be accessed by visiting the Equal Rights, Equal Respect <…

CitizED National Seminar - 15th December 2011 (22/09/2011)

A one-day seminar for citizenship education tutors and researchers will be held on 15 December 2011 at the School of Education, University of Birmingham. The seminar is entitled Current Developments and Future Possibilities: Where are we, where do we want to go to, and how do we get there? and will include presentations from a number of leading citizenship educators and teacher educators. Places at the seminar are limited, so please email to reserve a place. More details of the conference and its programme can be found in the conference flyer.

Networking European Citizenship Education - Conference (21/09/2011)

This year's NECE - Networking European Citizenship Education - Conference will be held on 17-19 November 2011 in Warsaw (Poland). The title of this interestig event will be: "Closing the empowerment gap through citizenship education: How to address educationally disadvantaged groups". For more information about the conference, please visit the network website.

Update from Democratic Life (16/09/2011)

Democratic Life, a coalition of organisations and individuals in the UK seeking to strengthen and extend young people's entitlement to high-quality citizenship education in England, has published a briefing paper colleagues and supporters attending the Autumn Party conferences. The briefing paper is a further important tool in Democratic Life's campaign to keep education about politics, the law and the economy in the National Curriculum, and can be found at the Democratic Life website.

Call for proposals for the Human Rights in Education Symposium (Strasbourg, 24-25 November 2011) (09/09/2011)

The Symposium "Human Rights in Education" will be organised by the Directorate of Education and Languages in cooperation with the Division of Communication of the European Court of Human Rights, on 24-25 November 2011 in Strasbourg. The announcement for submitting proposals and case studies for the themes of the symposium is now on line at the following address:  

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Education (31/08/2011)

The following Special Issue will be published in Education and is now open to receive submissions of full research papers and comprehensive review articles for peer-review and possible publication:

Special Issue: Civics and Citizenship in Its Global Context. Guest Editor: Dr. Ruth Reynolds. Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2012. Special Issue Website: Main journal website:

8th CitizED Conference: Creating Citizenship Communities: Local, National and Global (08/08/2011)

University of York, York, England. 24th to 26th May 2012. We are pleased to announce details of the 8th CitizED Conference/14th annual Children's Identity and Citizenship in Europe Conference / 1st Creating Citizenship Communities conference to be held next year. The conference theme of creating citizenship communities is particularly pertinent to citizenship and identities education. It reflects on current concerns for community cohesion from local to global scales and chimes with current initiatives around volunteering and intergenerational solidarity. For more details please see the conference flyer.

Call for Papers: Social Justice and Democratization, ISA World Forum 2012 (28/07/2011)

The 'Sociology of Youth' call for papers for the ISA World Forum of Sociology has just gone online. The conference will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on August 1-4, 2012. The theme is Social Justice and Democratization. The are a number of following sessions open for paper proposals, including: a. youth cultures from a cosmopolitan perspective; b. youth cultures and new social movements in the context of the digital revolution; c. young people as actors of development in transitional countries: ethnic majority and minority youth; d. mass higher education, employment opportunities and youth; e. youth and work in a globalized world. and many more. All paper proposals need to be submitted online, and will be accepted between August 25 and December 15, 2011. The outline of proposed sessions is online:

Call for Essays: Human Rights Education Praxis (28/07/2011)

Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice is an international journal distributed in more than 50 nations. We seek essays on the above theme for a special issue. Peace Review: A Journal of Social Justice (Routledge) is dedicating issue 24.1, "Human Rights Education Praxis," to exploring the role of Human Rights Education (HRE) in promoting both a more mainstream understanding of human rights as put forth by the UDHR and international instruments, and new emerging meanings of human rights specific to the unique conditions of communities around the world, in efforts towards justice and equity. Interested writers should submit essays (2,500-3,500 words) and 2-3 line bios to Peace Review no later than October 15, 2011. See Submission Guidelines at:  

Citizenship after Orientalism: First Oecumene Symposium (28/07/2011)

The Oecumene project is pleased to announce its first Symposium - Citizenship after Orientalism - 6-11 February 2012, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK. The Symposium will include: A Conference 'Opening the Boundaries of Citizenship' [6-7 February]; An International PhD School 'Tracing Colonialism and Orientalism in Social and Political Thought' [8 February]; A series of workshops addressing specific topics on critical new ways of conceptualising citizenship [9-11 February]. The first Symposium will explore what it means to open up the boundaries of citizenship. The call for papers and applications are now open. For further details visit:

Call for Papers - Itineries and Identities in an Internationalization Context (15/07/2011)

A call for papers has been announced for the 6th Conference on Jeunes & Societies in Europe and the Mediterranean to be held at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona (UAB), in Barcelona, Spain from 7th-9th June 2012. For more details (in French and English) about the call for papers and the conference please click here.

European Diploma in Intercultural Competence Free Seminar (07/07/2011)

We would like to bring your attention to a free seminar about Intercultural Competence as part of the European Diploma in Intercultural Competence project which is being held at the Institute of Education, London in on September 12th 2011. For more details about the project visit the project website and for the seminar flyer click here.

Two New Student Teacher Essays Published Today (06/07/2011)

Two new student teachers essays, each of which investigates a core aim of citizenship education, are published today. You will find these in the student teacher section of the website.

New CitizED Facebook Group (14/06/2011)

A Facebook Group has been set up to enable colleagues to share information and ideas about civic education. Requests to be added to the CitizED group can be made through searching for CitizED on Facebook.

The Child Indicator Newsletter May 9, 2011 (18/05/2011)

Child Trends publishes The Child Indicator newsletter three times a year to communicate major developments and new resources within the child and youth indicators field to interested users, researchers, and data developers. The Spring 2011 newsletter features an interview with Asher Ben-Arieh, co-chair of the International Society for Child Indicators (ISCI), about the upcoming conference (July 27-29, in York, England). In addition, this issue highlights information from the latest volume of The Future of Children, with an emphasis on immigrant children; statistical portraits of Latinos and a recent report by the GAO on US and international models for developing a national system of key child indicators. Past issues are also available.…

ICEDC Conference 2011: Citizenship, Society and Social Justice: new agendas? (06/05/2011)

The International Centre for Education for Democratic Citizenship a joint centre of Birkbeck, University of London and Institute of Education, University of London is holding its annual conference on Friday 1 July 2011 at Birkbeck, University of London, Malet St, London. WC1E 7HX. For more details and registration information click here.

7th CitizED International Conference: Draft Programme Now Available: (16/04/2011)

Today, as many civic educators seek to foster youth civic engagement in communities, nations, and the global society, we can learn from the examples of young people who worked for social justice in their societies. Atlanta, the home of Martin Luther King, Jr. and many leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, is the setting for the 7th CitizEd International Conference. The conference will take place on the campus of Emory University from 12th-14th May 2011. For enquiries, please contact Aidan Thompson ( For the draft conference programme click here.

CitizED Statement for Review of the National Curriculum: Lend Your Support (01/04/2011)

The UK government is in the process of reviewing the National Curriculum for England. An expert panel has been established to hear evidence about which subjects should be part of the National Curriculum. There have been rumours that citizenship education may be removed from the National Curriculum. Professor James Arthur and Professor Ian Davies have written a statement that we would like to submit on behalf of citizED. If you would like to give your support to the statement, please reply by noon (UK time) Wednesday 6 April to Ian Davies (

"Citizenship Education and Civic Engagement" 7th CitizED International Conference. Emory University, Atlanta, GA. 12th-14th May 2011 (31/03/2011)

Today, as many civic educators seek to foster youth civic engagement in communities, nations, and the global society, we can learn from the examples of young people who worked for social justice in their societies. Atlanta, the home of Martin Luther King, Jr. and many leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, is the setting for the 7th CitizEd International Conference. The conference will take place on the campus of Emory University from 12th-14th May 2011. For enquiries, please contact Aidan Thompson ( A conference programme will be available shortly.

6th International citizEd Conference (22/06/2010)

The 6th International citizEd Conference will be held at St. Andrew's University, Scotland 2 - 4th July. For further information see 'conferences'

Professorship in Civic Education - University of Vienna, Austria (24/05/2010)

Citizenship educators are invited to apply for the post of Professor in Civic Education at the University of Vienna. The deadline is fast approaching, so in the first instance please contact the Dean, Ines Maria Breinbauer at to register your interest.

Details of the post:

New-look National Curriculum website goes live (15/02/2010)

This week sees the launch of the National Curriculum website, which now includes the new primary curriculum and a range of tools and information to support it, including:
• an interactive video tour of the site's highlights
• a short introductory guide to the new primary curriculum
• a tool to help teachers design and plan their own curriculum
• an interactive tool which allows teachers to view selected curriculum areas side-by-side
• new case studies which show how schools have used their curriculum to make real improvements in outcomes for their learners

The website is a big step forward in making the new primary curriculum come to life for headteachers and the school workforce, and makes the curriculum easily accessible for all. Schools and teachers now have the information and support to start planning for the introduction of this new curriculum. We will be adding more material to the site during 2010, including pr…

Who Do You Think You Are? (14/12/2009)

Grants for schools:
Grants of up to £500 are available for schools to develop activities ‘Who Do We Think We Are?' Week programme for 2010.
Who Do We Think We Are? is an annual programme of advice support that helps schools explore the issues of identity, diversity at the local and national scales through four key themes:  click here for more information


New Briefing Paper Available (26/11/2009)

This briefing paper focuses on the teaching of alternative forms of government. It seeks to provide examples of activities which may be used with pupils to teach about alternative forms of government and to provide some further sources for the development of subject knowledge in this area.  click here for more information and downloads.

The Values and Character Dispositions of 14-16 Year Olds (15/10/2009)

Launch of Report on Monday 9th November 2009.   ‘The Values and Character Dispositions of 14-16 Year Olds' - has now been completed and the Report will be launched at an event to be hosted by Liam Byrne MP on 9th November 2009 at Westminster Abbey, from 6.00pm to 7.00pm.    If you are interested in finding out more and would like to attend this event please contact Elizabeth Melville to book a place. Contact by email:



Engaging Young People in Civic Action and Learning (17/09/2009)

The Society for Educational Studies will be holding their Annual Seminar onThursday 5th November 2009, 9.45 a.m. - 3.30 p.m. at the Courthouse Hotel, 19-21 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7HL. click here for further information and booking

Community Service Volunteers Internship Initiative (07/09/2009)

This joint initiative between the ESRC and CSV is an opportunity for ESRC current PhD award holders in their 2nd or 3rd year to undertake a 3 month internship at the Community Service Volunteers working on a topic grounded in the social sciences.  For more information click:


Latest News from the Citizenship Foundation (01/09/2009)

for the latest news from the Citizenship Foundation click this link

Keynote Speech 1 from 5th International citizED Conference held in Hong Kong (10/08/2009)

The opening keynote speech was given by Professor Anthony Cheung, President, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, to view this paper click here

Can citizenship education promote democracy and Britishness? A survey of trainee teachers attitudes on the purposes of citizenship education. (04/08/2009)

The teaching of democracy has been an objective of citizenship education since its inception (QCA 1998) and so we thought it was timely to explore the extent to which this goal had been embraced within initial teacher education (ITE). But this project was prompted by the growing presence of the topic of ‘Britishness' and national identity in political discourse at the highest level, which has been accompanied by a number of governmental initiatives to emphasise the idea of British citizenship.    Click link for full report:

UK ITE Network for Education Sustainable Development Network conference (30/03/2009)

Following the success of the last ‘UK ITE Network for Education Sustainable Development Global Citizenship' conference, this year's conference is being hosted at London South Bank University on the 9th of July, 2009 and would welcome attendees.  For further information contact: Alison Hatt


Human Rights and Citizenship Education Conference (30/03/2009)

The above conference will take place on Friday 10 July 2009 at
Birkbeck, University of London, Malet St, London WC1E 7HX
  For enquiries contact:

My Money, My rights (12/03/2009)

The Citizenship Foundation has teamed up with Abbey to produce My Money, My Rights a fun pocket sized guide to money for teenagers. Based on the award-winning Young Citizen's Passport, My Money, My Rights explores legal issues surrounding money, with chapters focusing on Banks and Building Societies, Spending and Student Finance. It provides concise, easy to use advice on everything from what to do if you get into debt to avoiding internet scams. The guide has initially been distributed to 10,000 students in 5 locations in England and Scotland, along with 2 specially written lesson plans (mapped on to the PSHE and Citizenship curricula at Key Stage 4) to encourage teachers to use My Money, My Rights in the classroom.  Click here to down load lesson plans.

An Opportunity to be seconded to Cambridge (05/02/2009)

It should be of interest to masters level citizenship teachers, ex PGCE students with an interest in RE / Values Education, and citizenship mentors in schools.
It is an opportunity to come to Cambridge on a secondment for a term and to live in college with expenses paid. It is possible to go home also during this time, and to spread the days out over a year part-time. The successful applicant will be able to carry out research in their own area of interest, and be supervised by either Dr. Hilary Cremin or other academics with specialisms in the area. It could be used to kick start a research career, or to get experience of teacher education at HE level.
For an application and further detail write to: The Farminton Institute, Harris Manchester College, Mansfield Road, Oxford, OX1 3TD (telephone: 01865 271965) or email:


Professor Sir Bearnard Crick (19/12/2008)

We are deeply sorry to have to report that Prof Sir Bernard Crick died this morning in Edinburgh after a short illness. He will be a great loss to the cause of citizenship education both in Britain and internationally and we are particularly saddened to lose such a strong supporter of CITIZED. We will be publishing a review of his life in the New Year and we will institute the Sir Bernard Crick Lecture at our international conferences starting in Hong Kong in 2009.

Prof. James Arthur and Prof. Ian Davies


Report on young people, Parliament and political engagement (16/12/2008)

Please find below the report of the most recent HeadsUp online forum for 11-18 year olds. HeadsUp users in this forum discussed citizenship, politics and community with Youth Citizenship Commissioners to inform their report on young people's political participation. The report will be sent to Gordon Brown in late spring 2009 and is part of the Governance of Britain green paper. forum report.doc

 The findings of the report are drawn from Headsup:

Latest CELS Report (11/11/2008)

The latest CELS report can be downloaded from the DCSF website or the NFER website. For further information about CELS visit their new website.

Short film competition: exploring learner voice (23/10/2008)

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of the first Crick report - which led to the introduction of citizenship education in the national curriculum - LSN, in association with the ACT (Association of Citizenship Teachers) and DCFS (Department of Children, Families and Schools), has launched an exciting short film competition.  Young people are invited to produce a short (3 minute) film looking at how to give all learners a louder and more effective voice both in their learning and more widely across their organisation.  For more information and details of the prizes see:



Education and Citizenship in Modern Scotland (16/09/2008)

Education and Citizenship in Modern Scotland A one-day conference, Friday 16 January 2009 Hosted by the School of Law and Social Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University, and the Department of Economic and Social History, University of Glasgow If you are interested in presenting a paper at the conference, please submit a title and abstract (up to 250 words) by 23 October 2008, to Mark Freeman (

American Journal of Education for Democracy (08/09/2008)

The Interamerican Journal of Education for Democracy is a biannual, bilingual, on-line, academic publication. Our main objective is to foster intellectual discussion and exchange about efforts to promote education for democratic citizenship across the Americas. The Journal is affiliated with the Inter-American Program on Education for Democratic Values and Practices, of the Organization of American States (OAS).

We encourage you to consult our Website and our first two issues at

Play Your Part: A new Active Citizenship toolkit for teachers (02/09/2008)

The Academy for Sustainable Communities (ASC) and CSV have developed an online active citizenship toolkit that supports teachers to encourage pupils to play an active role in community projects -

The Play your Part website includes ideas, resources, activities and teaching aids designed to raise awareness of sustainable communities, inspire young people to play a part in improving their communities and develop the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to devise and run successful citizenship projects.

The site includes four main areas: * What makes a good community * What can we do to improve our communities * Planning and carrying out an active citizenship project  and * Celebrate and evaluate. The toolkit can be downloaded free of charge and used to support Citizenship, Drama, Geography and PSHE lessons.

Multicultural Education and Citizenship (21/07/2008)

A Briefing Paper dealing with issues of Multicultural Education and Citizenship including race, ethnicity, social class, religion, gender, culture, democracy, cultural pluralism, assimilation, equality, respect, diversity, equal educational opportunities, social justice and multicultural citizenship. Activities included for Key Stages 3


This three-year EU-financed project ended in March 2008. The main outputs were a Teacher Training Guide, Teacher's Resource Manual, a table of target civic competencies, teacher training programmes and a wide range of training materials. Further information from David Royle, Cambridge Education, and

Conference - Learning Democracy by Doing (02/06/2008)

Learning Democracy by Doing: Alternative Practices in Citizenship Learning and Participatory Democracy October 16-18, 2008 Transformative Learning Centre Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, Canada.
This international conference will bring together researchers and practitioners interested in the theoretical and practical intersections between social action learning and participatory democracy, and their contribution to nurturing an enlightened and active citizenship.
Conference website:

Civic Learning Online community site (01/05/2008)

Professor Lance Bennett of the University of Washington invites you to visit and participate in Civic Learning Online ( The site offers resources, research reports, blog posts, comments and media products from scholars, practitioners, and young people who are involved with civic learning and engagement in online environments.

Britishness, Identity and Citizenship - Conference (14/04/2008)

Britishness, Identity and Citizenship: The View from Abroad - June 5th and 6th 2008 - University of Huddersfield

This international conference is a multi-disciplinary event aimed at developing and established academics and practitioners from a diverse range of backgrounds. The conference will provide an integrated programme of presentations from invited keynote speakers, plenary sessions, and a number of themed invitational panels addressing the core themes (including a dedicated post-graduate poster presentation session). We have attracted a range of specialists to provide key note lectures, including Professor Sir Bernard Crick, Professor Krishan Kumar, Professor Susan Condor, Professor Christopher G. A. Bryant, Professor Tariq Modood, Professor Jonathan Tonge, Professor Stefan Berger and Professor Stuart Ward. For more details click this link:

Updated Citizenship Programme of Study 2008 (28/02/2008)

An updated Citizenship programme of study (2008) encourages teachers to maximise curricula opportunities when they are teaching Citizenship Education. The following table summarises these opportunities and suggests resources currently available and free to download on citizED which would help achieve this aim.

Learning Democracy by Doing: Alternative Practices in Citizenship Learning and Participatory Democracy* (29/01/2008)

An international conference organized by the Transformative Learning Centre (TLC), Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (OISE/UT)

October 16-18, 2008   Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, Canada

Important Dates - Deadline for submissions of abstracts: March 2, 2008
- Deadline for submission of papers: July 31, 2008
- Deadline for early registration: July 31, 2008
- Conference dates: October 16-18, 2008.

For more details see

AME 2008 - 34th Annual Conference - November 13-16, 2008, (24/01/2008)

"Faith, Democracy and Values:
The Challenge of Moral Formation in Families, Schools, and
Societies"          - Call for Papers, Submission Deadline - 1.4.08
This conference challenges participants to reflect on the ways in which
moral education informs and is in turn informed by faith and political
perspectives in a diverse and complex global community. How can moral
education influence our deepest aspirations for universal peace and
justice, and how can moral education strengthen old and new
democracies around the world?
This conference will be held at: University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, USA


Leverhulme Programme on Migration and Citizenship - call for papers (21/01/2008)

Leverhulme Programme on Migration and Citizenship

Joint Research Programme by Bristol University's Centre for the Study
of Ethnicity and Citizenship and UCL's Migration Research Unit
Mobility in International Labour Markets  - 15-16 May, 2008
University College London, UK.  For more information click this link

New Teaching Resources (15/01/2008)

Two new Briefing Papers are now available: Migration to and from the UK written by Cathie Holden and Local Community, Public Services and the Voluntary Sector written by Tom Harrison can now be found in the Cross Curricular Strand under Teaching Resources


Citizenship Teaching and Learning (14/12/2007)

We are delighted to announce the publication of the December 2007 issue of the journal Citizenship Teaching and Learning. This issue is guest edited by Professor Judith Torney-Purta and includes articles from USA, Latin America, Australia and Post Communist Countries.  Click this link to download a copy.

CSSE Annual Conference - May 31 - June 3, 2008 (08/11/2007)

Call for Proposals CIESC 2008 - part of CSSE in Vancouver, BC
We are looking forward to an exciting gathering as part of the CSSE conference with the general theme "Global Ideas:Global Values" from May 31 * June 3, 2008. Proposals are welcome on this and other Comparative and International Education Themes.  For more information see:


Post - Doctoral Fellowship in Citizenship - Hong Kong (01/11/2007)

Post-Doctoral Fellowship - Citizenship Education (Ref: PDF/CE/CRD/1007)   The Institute is seeking applicants for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Citizenship Education who will work closely with the Citizenship Education Key Research Area coordinator and other academic staff to formulate an independent research agenda. The appointee will be responsible for developing and supporting research citizenship education, conducting a significant research project, submitting article manuscripts or book proposals for publication, giving presentations and / or seminars and submitting proposals for internal and external research funding. He/she will also provide support to a major international citizenship education research project jointly conducted by HKIEd and the University of Hong Kong. In addition to supporting research, the appointee may be assigned to teach one course per academic year.

For enquiry, please contact Dr Gregory Fairbrother (

Invitation to write resources for the citizED web site (02/08/2007)

The proposed new National Curriculum for citizenship and the new standards for initial teacher education provide an opportunity for the development of new resources to support the implementation of citizenship education.

21 pieces of work are required. Each piece will be of direct and immediate value for a range of audiences (trainee teachers, experienced teachers and others). All pieces of work may be used in programmes of initial teacher education, continuous professional development and directly with school students.  For full details see:

The Big Conversation (19/07/2007)

‘The Big Conversation 2007' is a national schools competition to enable KS3 students to explore the legacies of the transatlantic slave trade in the context of modern day issues. Young people will work together in their schools to develop journalistic projects in response to one of the following questions:

* How and why should Britons commemorate the transatlantic slave trade?
* How can Britons learn from this history and celebrate a modern society with a diverse heritage?

To support teachers in devising schemes of work for competition entries a Citizen Resource - a printed pack for teachers and a corresponding website for students are available. Teachers can order a free Citizen Resource pack by emailing and the citizen website for can be found at:


HIlary Claire - 1941 - 2007 (19/07/2007)

Hilary Claire, who has died as a result of a tragic riding accident, was the inspiration and organiser behind the primary strand of the CitizED website. She was the founding member of PENAC (primary educators network for the advancement of citizenship) - a network of teacher educators who provided material for the primary strand. Led by Hilary, they solicited articles and resources for the website and organised conferences which supported the teaching of citizenship in primary schools.  For full obituary please click link.

Citizenship Focus - Monthly e-briefing for ACT Members (17/07/2007)

For all the latest news, monthly feature and diary dates for ACT Members please click the following link:

Invitation to write resources for the citizED web site (17/07/2007)

The proposed new National Curriculum for citizenship and the new standards for initial teacher education provide an opportunity for the development of new resources to support the implementation of citizenship education.

21 pieces of work are required. Each piece will be of direct and immediate value for a range of audiences (trainee teachers, experienced teachers and others). All pieces of work may be used in programmes of initial teacher education, continuous professional development and directly with school students.

Individuals who wish to express interest in writing one or more of these resources should be made via Roma Woodward ( as soon as possible and no later than the end of September 2007.

For full details click this link:


QCA consultation on GCSE criteria (16/07/2007)

QCA is consulting on the GCSE criteria for Citizenship. You can have your say on the criteria for the exam and the structure of assessment. It proposes a cut in coursework - or Controlled Internal Assessment as it is now called - from 40% to 25%. There are two alternatives for all GCSE courses: 25% or 60%. What you you think?

The consultation period runs to September 15th - so respond to it now before the holidays begin. You will find the link to the consultation on the front page of the QCA website.

The Governance of Britain (09/07/2007)

A green paper - 'The Governance of Britain' - was launched by Gordon Brown on 3 July 2007. Among other proposals the green paper suggests that the Government will:
initiate an inclusive process of national debate to develop a British statement of values; . work with Lord Goldsmith to conduct a review of British citizenship; . launch a Youth Citizenship Commission, looking at citizenship education, ceremonies and the possibility of reducing the voting age; and . consult on the current guidance on flying the Union Flag from government buildings and Westminster Parliament. The green paper can be downloaded

Politeia Newsletter - June Special Edition (26/06/2007)

While the European Summit was taking place in Brussels on 21 and 22 June, it was also the official start of the summer season. In this Politeia Special we have tried to combine these two aspects, and this issue on Europe Day is the result. After the serious discussion on the situation of Roma in Europe in the last Politeia Newsletter, it is time for some lighter articles now, just before the hot and more quiet days of July and August will start. In this issue we present to you an overview of activities that have been organised in European countries on Europe Day in 2007. In probably most European countries there were activities on 9 May, and we have collected a dozen of articles and pictures to give you an idea of what happened in different countries throughout Europe. To see a full version of this Newsletter please click on the following link:…

NFER Research Highlights Challenges Facing Citizenship Education in Schools (18/06/2007)

The latest report from the DfES-funded Citizenship Education Longitudinal Study was recently published. Providing an overview and update on the state and status of citizenship education in Secondary schools in England, it sets out key recommendations to ensure its future success as a curriculum subject. The recommendations are positioned within current debates about citizenship and diversity and the relationship of citizenship to national strategies concerning participation and personalised learning.

The press release for the report is detailed below, and copies of the Research Brief and full report can be found at:

Research Brief: 

Full Report:…

Conference - Teaching Race & Ethnicity in Practice (12/06/2007)

A Practical Guide to Teaching Race and Ethnicity as Part of Citizenship
Education in Secondary Schools
Date: Thursday 27th September 2007
Venue: Jurys Inn, Broad St, Birmingham, B12HQ
Esmee Fairbairn funded research conducted by Newman College of Higher Education
has highlighted the fact that many secondary citizenship educators feel apprehensive or under-confident about teaching issues relating to race and ethnicity. This one day conference supported by the Higher Education Academy's Centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics and Citized will aim to discover the challenges facing educators of Citizenship and provide teachers with the tools to teach sensitive issues with confidence.  The conference is free of charge, lunch and refreshments will also be provided. Limited places available. To book contact Frances Worrall via email: or visit


Conferences and Launches that may be of interest (23/05/2007)

The Centre for Cross Curricular Initiatives with WWF- UK and LaSER (London and South East England Regions) - Global Dimension, invites you to an initial discussion and launch based on the Global Citizenship Initial Teacher Training scheme developed by London and the South East Regions (LaSER) - Global Dimension and the Centre for Cross Curricular Initiatives (CCCI), London South Bank University

ITE network for Education for Sustainable Development/ Global Citizenship

19 July 1pm- 4pm London South Bank University (lunch provided)

If you would like to participate in the launch of the ITE network and hear about the SDE/ GC work that has been going on in ITE institutions, then please contact Dane Austin, CCCI, to reserve a place.

Dane Austin (CCCI)    Tel: 02078155761



Conferences (23/05/2007)

EVERY YOUNG CITIZEN MATTERS - Promoting Effective Citizenship Education in Schools -

For booking enquiries please contact:
CPD Team Sue Alexander
Liverpool John Moores University, Tel: 0151 231 5276
IM Marsh Campus, Barkhill Road Email:
Liverpool L17 6BD
Fax: 0151 231 5348 Closing date for applications Monday 4th June 2007.

Diversity & Citizenship in the Curriculum (28/03/2007)

A copy of the literature review that was undertaken in connection with the Ajegbo report on citizenship and diversity is available on the DfES site at:




CitizED Papers Presented in Japan (20/03/2007)

Professor Jon Davison and Andrew Peterson recently visited Japan to present papers on behalf of CitizED. The papers were presented at symposiums in Tokyo (8th January) and Hiroshima (11th January), and provided an opportunity for CitizED to highlight the important development of Citizenship Teacher Education in England, as well as its role in strengthening the provision of Citizenship in schools. These papers are available under the commissioned research section of the Secondary site.



Curriculum Review - Diversity and citizenship (15/02/2007)

This independent review, led by Sir Keith Ajegbo, makes a series of recommendations aimed at promoting diversity across the schools curriculum and the content of the curriculum for Citizenship Education.  See:


Every Child Matters Conference (23/01/2007)

A conference will be held in Langwith College, University of York on Monday 26 March 2007 to explore the issues surrounding ECM and to signpost ways to achieve good practice.  We will provide a forum at which: 

  • the background to and rationale for ECM is clarified
  • the links between ECM and citizenship education are explained and explored
  • good practice and the ways to achieve it will be highlighted

Post - Doctorial Fellowship in Citizenship - Hong Kong (11/01/2007)

Post-Doctoral Fellowship - Citizenship Education (Ref: PDF/CE/CRD/1007)

at the Hong Kong Institute of Education

The HKIEd is a self-accrediting university-level institution funded by the University Grants Committee of Hong Kong which offers degree, graduate and professional development programmes to around 7,000 students. It has established itself as the preferred teacher education provider in Hong Kong and is recognized for the excellence of its teaching and quality of its research which focuses on the needs of schools.


The Institute is seeking applicants for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Citizenship Education who will work closely with the Citizenship Education Key Research Area coordinator and other academic staff to formulate an independent research agenda. The appointee will be responsible for developing and supporting research citizenship education, conducting a significant research project, submitting article manuscripts or book proposals for pu…

Research report into Character Education (27/11/2006)




A major new study into Character education with implications for citizenship education. This research was commissioned by the Templeton Foundation. A summary version of the report is available at this link.

Character Education Research project report (03/11/2006)

Reports from a major new study into character education (commissioned by the Templeton Foundation) with implications for citizenship education have been published on the citizED website. These reports can be found in our Secondary and Post 16 research sections.

citizED Brochure published (03/11/2006)

We have today published a brochure which details our success and achievements and also raises issues for our future work as a Citizenship association in higher education. The brochure can be downloaded from the 'Learn about citizED' page

CE and ICT Conference on 7th November 2006 (18/09/2006)

The citizED conference being held on 7th November 2006 in Manchester will have parallel sessions from each strand of citizED including 2 conferences on 'Citizenship Education and ICT' and 'The challenges of teaching citizenship as an NQT'. Please see our Conferences page for full details of each conference together with flyers and booking forms.

E-Journal Vol 2 Number 1 now published (15/07/2006)

The third issue of citizED's international journal, 'Citizenship Teaching and Learning' (formerly International Journal of Citizenship Teacher Education) has now been published and can be found at /ejournal/current.htm

The next issue of E-Journal to be published within days (10/07/2006)

The third issue of citizED's international journal, 'Citizenship Teaching and Learning' (formerly International Journal of Citizenship Teacher Education) will be published within the next few days

Certificate for the Teaching of Citizenship (24/06/2006)

Following the successful pilot of the Certification of the Teaching of Citizenship evaluated by OfSTED, the Department has approved a roll out of the continuing professional development programme. The programme will help teachers improve the effectiveness of the teaching and leadership of citizenship and raise standards of attainment and achievement. Further details are available in the Coordinators section of this website.

A new NQT resource (Yr 8 SOW) published (14/06/2006)

A scheme of work for Year 8 done by an secondary NQT on politics and citizenship. It is very comprehensive and could be used by anyone - it also shows what NQTs can do. See the NQTs section of this website.

J8 Global Citizenship Programme (12/06/2006)

The J8 website offers teachers free downloadable factsheets and lesson plans
on global issues from poverty to climate change to infectious diseases. There are also details on how young people from your school can win a chance to represent their country at the Junior Summit 2007 in Germany -the official youth event of the G8. Last year the young people had a 45 minute audience with all eight world leaders!

Conference Reports published (31/05/2006)

Reports from the NQT and Post 16 conferences held at the Hilton Hotel, London on 18th May 2006 have been published today and can be found in the Conferences section of the website.

5 concurrent major conferences - 18th May (13/03/2006)

You are invited to book your place at one of five major citized conferences in London on 18th May. Each citized strand has its own conference but the opening keynote talk (by Prof John Annette) and lunch will be shared by all participants. Themes include faith & citizenship; the Level 3 certification for post 16; citizenship and geography; challenges for citizenship NQT's; Inclusion, Human Rights & Controversial Issues in the primary school. Full details can be found on our conferences page.

NQT in-service support programme announced (01/03/2006)

citizED and ACT are providing 9, one day workshop events around the country for NQT's in citizenship education. The events take place during April-June 2006. Each event will be led by two tutors who are expert in citizenship education. Registration is free to NQT's and lunch will be provided. Places should be reserved by emailing the citizED administrator at Details of dates and venues.

DfES CPD Handbook - 'Making sense of citizenship' (22/02/2006)

Several chapters from the new CPD Handbook - 'Making sense of citizenship' - are available for free download from the citizED website. These chapters can be found in the CPD section.

citizED & Japan Association for Social Studies (20/02/2006)

The Japan Association for Social Studies recently held a conference on citizenship education. Two citizED representatives were invited. Their presentations are available in the Secondary strand, Research Articles section of this website.

EPPI Review - Second review summary published (15/02/2006)

A summary of the second EPPI review into the evidence available regarding the impact of citizenship education on student learning and achievement; implications of this for teacher education; recommendations for policy and practice; further questions that need to be addressed by research. The summary is available in the EPPI section of the website - or this direct link.

London Childen's Film Festival (10/02/2006)

The London Childen's Film Festival offers to a fascinating range of films from across the globe, all of which are relevant to subjects across the secondary curriculum. From Live Action to Documentary, these films provide a powerful window to the world, giving pupils the chance to experience stories of other people, other places and other times. We will encourage pupils to develop their skills in "reading" film through critical and creative engagement. More information at

BigVote Event (10/02/2006)

From BigVote:
An upcoming event, "I'm a Councillor, Get Me Out Of Here!" borrows the techniques of reality television to engage young people with local democracy. Students can come online to ask councillors questions, find out about local democracy and vote for the councillor they want to be "Youth Champion" in their area. It's a ready-made, fun and memorable way to teach citizenship, which uses web technology like live chats that teenagers are familiar with, supported by comprehensive classroom materials. And it's free to schools! Every year feedback from teachers, students and councillors is overwhelmingly enthusiastic. Website includes teachers' area with tips, FAQs and materials

Two new Tutor Induction Packs published (13/01/2006)

Two Induction Packs for tutors have been published today. The first, by Lee Jerome and Jill Martin deals with 'Working effectively with others' and the second with 'Getting Published', written by Ian Davies. Both publications can be found in the Tutor Induction section of the website.

A new student scheme of work added (12/01/2006)

This document is actually four SOW's from PGCE students at Exeter University. Each one deals with the theme of planning a lesson on Citizenship and Human Rights. The resource can be found in Student Teachers section (left menu).

Second Issue of E-Journal published (14/12/2005)

citizED is pleased to announce that the second issue of 'International Journal of Citizenship and Teacher Education is now published. The 6 articles show the rich tapestry of initiatives and thinking that exist in the contested and increasingly significant field of citizenship education. And yet, they have a common base in that they all represent aspects of the high quality work that is taking place around the world. They all provide meaningful insights into contemporary and likely future issues, are international (and/or global in their scope or perspective), and are based on the latest research and scholarship. The latest issue of the E-Journal pages can be found at International Journal of Citizenship and Teacher Education - Current Issue.

New Induction Pack - Assessment of Trainees (10/11/2005)

A new Induction Pack has been published today. This induction pack for tutors is on the Assessment of Trainees and has been written by Ian Davies of the University of York. The pack contains alot of new material and activities for tutors. It is available from the Induction Packs, ITT Programmes theme area of the citizED website.

New Tutor Induction Pack - External Funding (24/10/2005)

A new Induction Pack for tutors has been published today. The pack addresses practical issues in applying for external funding and aims to: Discuss the attractions (and pitfalls) of applying for external funding; Provide tutors with information about some sources of funding for research and/or development projects; Suggest ways in which to prepare a research proposal including a budget. This induction pack is part of the Research theme within the series of citizED induction packs for tutors of Citizenship Education. Full details of the Induction Packs can be found at the citizED website.

NEW! citizED Forums (29/09/2005)

Do you want to contact other students studying citizenship education? Do you want to contact other citizenship education teachers? Do you have a pressing question and want to get an answer from a citizenship education expert? Well you can now do all these things today by visiting The forums site has been set up on the citizED website to assist student teachers studying Citizenship Education and others to get in touch with other students from across England and share lesson plans, learning experiences and ideas. Anyone is free to use the site and any guests can view posts without registering. However in order to ask questions, post new threads or reply, you are required to register. Registering is free and very easy, simply click on the register button at the top of the page and follow the instructions. If you have any questions about using the forums please contact Tom Harrison on 0207 6431320 or email

International Conference - Citizenship Teacher Education (12/09/2005)

Fifty leading academics in citizenship education and teacher education from around the world (e.g. Japan, USA, Australia, Hong Kong, Europe) came together for a very successful major international conference at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, 19-21 July 2005. Sponsored and organized jointly by UK-based citizED and OISE/UT (CTL, CIDE, TLC), the conference keynotes, paper presentations, and panels discussed current, key developments in research, policy, practice and research in citizenship and teacher education across the world at national, regional and international levels and explored significant possible future initiatives in citizenship education and teacher education. Keynote addresses were provided by Professor Alan Sears (University of New Brunswick, CA), Professor Judith Torney-Purta (University of Maryland USA) and Professor Lynn Davies (University of Birmingham, UK). In addition, Issue 1 of the International Journal of …

Launch of citizED E-Journal (06/09/2005)

CitizED is delighted to announce the publication of volume 1 number 1 of the International Journal of Citizenship and Teacher Education ( The Journal was launched at a highly successful conference at the University of Toronto in July 2005 where leading experts from around the world presented findings from their work. Issue 1 (/ijcte/current.htm) of the Journal includes papers from Judith Torney-Purta and colleagues (USA), Kerry Kennedy (Hong Kong), Alan Sears (Canada), Murray Print and colleagues (Australia/Singapore), David Kerr (UK), Don Rowe (UK). The next edition of the Journal will be published in December 2005. Authors wishing to submit papers for publication should follow the guidance given at /ijcte/submissions.htm.

Citizenship Foundation Competitions (02/09/2005)

citizED is very pleased to support the Citizenship Foundation's National Youth Parliament and National Political Journalism competitions. The competitions are open for entries between 1 September and 15 December 2005. Students can tackle issues such as smoking in public places, ID cards, student top-up fees and voting at 16. The Magistrates' Court Mock Trial competition provides an innovative and exciting way of learning about the criminal justice system. See full details on the Citizenship Foundation website.

Updated Induction Pack (10/08/2005)

Lynn Revell's Induction Pack 'Subject Coordination' for tutors of Citizenship Education (first published May 2005) has just been updated. The new version is available from the Tutor Induction section of the citizED website.

Eurydice : Citizenship Education at School in Europe (09/07/2005)

This new Eurydice publication deals with the provision of citizenship education in schools and covers 30 European countries participating in the Eurydice Network. The comparative survey focuses on different national approaches to citizenship education and examines whether a European or international dimension has been officially incorporated into teaching of the subject in schools. The survey shows that an elaborate approach to provision in this area exists in most European countries. However, progress in the training of those who teach citizenship and more effective promotion of active participation by pupils in society at large are arguably two major challenges in the years ahead. Full details

Two new tutor induction packs published (13/06/2005)

Two new tutor induction packs have been published. The first is 'Global Conflict'; the second 'Higher Degrees'. Both packs have been written by Dr Ian Davies of University of York. These induction packs can be accessed from the Tutor Induction Packs link of the citizED website.

21st Trainee Briefing Paper published (23/05/2005)

citizED is very pleased to announce the publication of the 21st paper in its series of Briefing Papers for trainee teachers. Each of these papers provides a background to a particular topic and then a number of practical teaching ideas designed for use in the classroom as well as lessons that have a whole school and community focus. Each of these papers (and information about the series) can be found in the Trainee Briefing Papers page within the Cross curricular strand of citizED. Other resources for trainees can be found in the Student Teachers section of the citizED website.

New Induction Pack (13/05/2005)

An Induction Pack titled - Subject Coordination for Citizenship Education', written by Lynn Revell of Canterbury Christ Church University College has been published. The induction pack can be found in the Tutor Induction Packs section of the citizED website.

New Induction Pack - Resources for Teaching Citizenship (22/04/2005)

Peter Brett has written a new induction pack - Resources for Teaching Citizenship. This pack includes several categorised compilations of references (many to online resources). Peter writes 'not all education support materials produced by charities, organisations, commercial publishers or special interest groups, which claim to offer off-the-shelf solutions for teachers seeking Citizenship lesson planning short cuts, are of the same high quality. Teachers need a route map to where the good material is. This induction paper aims to serve this function, particularly in relation to the needs of beginning Citizenship teachers and their mentors but also hopefully for a wider audience.' The pack is available from the Induction Packs page of the citizED website, within the Resources Theme

Learning Citizenship Book Review (09/04/2005)

Hilary Claire has reviewed 'Learning Citizenship' by Jenny Wales and Paul Clarke for the Primary Strand's Resource Reviews section. However, Hilary describes it as a 'transition' book originally designed for KS3 and suggests that secondary colleagues may like to read the review too.

NFER Citizenship Education Longitudinal Study (07/04/2005)

The latest findings from the NFER Citizenship Education Longitudinal Study in England are available from the NFER website and also from the DFES website

Citizenship Courses (31/01/2005)

A list of PG level courses in Citizenship Education has been created and can be found on the 'Citizenship Courses' page. The list is quite small and almost certainly not comprehensive. We would welcome information of other courses in order to understand and inform about the breadth of current citizenship education provision. Please contact with additions or corrections.

New Tutor Induction Pack - KS2/3 Transition (07/01/2005)

A new Induction Pack for Teacher Tutors dealing with Education for Citizenship in relation to Transition from KS2 to 3 has been published. The induction pack has been written by Hilary Claire and Cathie Holden. The material aims to provide a context to consider transition from primary into secondary schools; identify and discuss the key issues involved in transition; provide exemplar material through which secondary trainees can consider how to build on work in primary schools; discuss approaches to effecting better transition and progression.

Sir Bernard Crick says... (04/01/2005)

"Training the trainers is crucial and I am delighted that citizED helps to do so in the full spirit of the original citizenship report that underpins and gives point to the statutory order".

Newly or Recently qualified citizenship teacher ? (15/12/2004)

citizED is planning 2 conferences (Manchester and London) in March 2005. The conferences will include discussion of key issues, presentation of specific support materials, consultation on development of an e-network facility. Further conferences are intended on an annual basis. We would like to hear from you and your colleagues if you would like to attend. Please email the administrator on

2 Teacher Mentor Packs published (29/11/2004)

Two more packs for Mentors of trainee teachers of citizenship education have been published today. The packs deal with School-based Training and Assessment of Pupils in Citizenship and have sections on 'Creating individualised training plans' and 'Strategies to develop Citizenship subject knowledge'. These packs are numbers 2 and 4 in the series (number 3 was published in September). More packs are due to be published soon. Please note that the packs are currently in draft form pending feedback from users.

Ministers Backing Pupil Perspectives’ on Participation (24/11/2004)

Minister for Schools, Stephen Twigg MP, is endorsing a debate in which young people are being asked to scrutinise the Government’s efforts to promote pupil participation and community cohesion. See

OFSTED report on citizenship trainees (16/11/2004)

OFSTED reports that 'Trainee teachers studying to teach citizenship in secondary schools make a significant contribution to setting up and planning the subject in their placement schools, according to a new report published by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted) today'. Details of the report available from OFSTED website

Lit Review in ICT and Citizenship Ed (10/11/2004)

A literature review for Nesta Futurelab aims to provide an 'empirically informed and theoretically sound' basis for informing policy on teaching and learning Citizenship Education with ICT. While the review's author, Neil Selwyn, concludes that there is little, or no, high calibre empirical research focusing on technology and citizenship there is a burgeoning theoretical literature. So this review concentrates specifically on the place of technology as a topic of citizenship education and the roles that technology can play in teaching and learning within citizenship education. The report can be found at

Character Education research findings (01/11/2004)

'Character Formation in Schools and the Education of Teachers' is the title of a booklet published with findings from a research project of Canterbury Christchurch University College and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. The booklet is available in citizED at Character Formation project report

Citizenship Education Briefing Papers (01/10/2004)

A wide ranging series of briefing papers for trainee teachers in Citizenship Education are now available within the Cross Curricular strand. These cover subjects like; The Law; Global Citizenship; Questioning; The UN; The Media; Agenda 21; Teaching Controversial Issues; The Economy. Each paper has been written by an educator with expertise in the field. Each contains a summary of the issues and suggestions for ways to develop and deliver a curriculum for specified age groups.

Newsletter Sept edition published (22/09/2004)

The Sept edition, No. 14, of citizED's newsletter is published today. It is available from the Newsletter link in the left hand menu.

TTA conference for ITT providers (14/09/2004)

The TTA have announced a "Citizenship ITT workshop" on 13 October in London. As part of the day, Ann Welham HMI, OfSTED will be giving a report on "Overview of Citizenship Inspection 2003-04" and Liz Craft will be discussing "Assessment and Planning. Enquiries for places can be made to Ellie Sugg at

Sir Bernard Crick to address conference (06/09/2004)

citizED is delighted to announce that Sir Bernard Crick will address the conference 'Mentors and Citizenship-Cordinators' to be held on 11th Oct 2004. Sir Bernard will be speaking on "Citizenship: Why are we doing it? how are we doing? where are we going?". The conference will be held at Canterbury Cathedral International Study Centre and is open to all mentors and citizenship co-ordinators in the South East of England. A booking form is available from the Conferences link.

CPD Evaluation Tool available here (22/07/2004)

We are pleased to be able to offer the DfES' citizenship self-evaluation tool on the citizED website. The purpose of this tool is to 'help school leaders to take a more holisitic approach to citizenship education which links the components of; citizenship in the curriculum, citizenship in the school community and citizenship in the wider community beyond school.' The document can be found in the CPD section (see left hand menu).

Prof John Annette joins citizED Steering Group (12/07/2004)

citizED is delighted to announce that John Annette, Dean of Continuing Education and Professor of Citizenship & Lifelong Learning at Birkbeck College, University of London is joining the project's Steering Committee. Professor Annette is an authority on (and recently gave a very stimulating presentation at the citizED annual conference June 2004) on community involvement in citizenship education. Professor Annette will strengthen the project's expertise in this very important dimension of citizenship and teacher education.

New Student Schemes of Work (07/07/2004)

Five new Schemes of Work have been submitted from students of Jeremy Hayward (IoE). These exemplar materials are on the following topics: The European Union; Identity and Diversity; Democracy and Parliament; The local community; Rights and responsibilities & The use of the internet. These can be found by clicking the 'Student Teachers' button on the left menu.

Best resource for Post 16 citizenship on the net (17/06/2004)

The QCA website now has an excellent resource for Post-16 citizenship education, among the best available anywhere on the 'net, believes Prof. James Arthur, Director of citizED. The website has sections on guidance, planning provision, creating a programme, assessment, case studies and resources. The address is

June Newsletter now out (16/06/2004)

The latest edition of the citizED newsletter, number 13, has just been published. This edition is full of items showing there is a fantastic amount of impressive work in citizenship education involving a very large number of talented professionals. There are: 35 pages with items about recent and forthcoming conferences, seminars and other activities; 17 pages of feature articles on museums, archives, galleries and citizenship; 7 major news items from Government departments, agencies, NGO's and associations; and reviews of 6 substantial publications. You can find the newsletter (as usual published in pdf format) at /pdf/newsletters/June_04_13.pdf. Previous editions can be found at the 'Newsletter' link in the left menu.

Latest Newsletter #12 Now Out (10/05/2004)

The latest edition of the Citized newsletter (volume 12) is published today. Previous volumes can be found at the 'Newsletters' link in the menu at left side of this page.

New Research Paper (10/05/2004)

A new research paper by Ralph Leighton (Canterbury Christ Church University College) titled 'What you give is what you get: a preliminary examination of the influence of teacher perceptions of the role of Citizenship education on its delivery, status and effectiveness in schools' is published today. The paper can be found in the Commissioned Research Articles page. The abstract follows:

"Crick has said that reasons are more important than opinions; this paper arises from consideration of whether these can be separated and whether they are value free. Following a previous BSA paper (Leighton 2002) which identified and discussed disparate approaches to Citizenship provision in schools in preparation for its introduction as a National Curriculum subject, data have been gathered which demonstrate a range of views across those with and those without PGCE citizenship training. Six attitudinal categories are identified, their implications discussed, and some tentative conclusions offer…

Seminar - progression from Key Stage 2 (10/05/2004)

The Framework of Guidance for PSHE and Citizenship at KS 1 and 2 remains non-statutory, yet there is evidence that many primary teachers have embraced the challenge of PSHE/Citizenship with greater enthusiasm than their secondary colleagues. This seminar will provide an opportunity for participants to discuss with colleagues from primary schools, PGCE primary and undergraduate courses, the questions and issues relating to PSHE and Citizenship Education and progression from K S 2. The seminar is on 11th May 2004. Full details or see the link 'Workshops and Reports' in the box 'Our Activities'."

Induction Packs (10/05/2004)

The first of the series of subject induction packs for tutors has been published today. The pack has been produced by Andrew Peterson and is titled Social And Moral Responsibility - Justice And The Law (note this is a pdf document). You can find more information about the induction packs from the 'Induction' link in the menu (left side) of the Home page.

Longitudinal Study: Literature Review (10/05/2004)

Colleagues can find a recently published (29th April 2004) NFER/DFES Research report entitled 'Citizenship Education Longitudinal Study: Literature Review - Citizenship Education One Year On - What does it mean? Emerging Definitions and Approaches in the First Year of National Curriculum Ciizenship in England' at the following page on the DFES website The introduction to the report is also available in the bibliography section of citizED

Induction Pack on Subject Knowledge (10/05/2004)

A newly written induction pack for citizenship tutors titled "How can teacher education courses address issues related to citizenship subject knowledge ?" by Peter Brett has been published on the Citized website today. You can find this, and other induction materials, at the 'Induction' link in the left side menu.

First 2 Induction Packs published (04/05/2004)

The first two Tutor Induction Packs covering Social And Moral Responsibility - Justice And The Law and Subject Knowledge are available.