Victory! The citizenship curriculum is improved! Thursday, 12th September 2013
Lawyers in Schools is one of the flagship legal education programmes of the Citizenship Foundation, but we also do much more. The Citizenship Foundation has campaigned for more than 3 years for citizenship to stay on the national curriculum. We worked through Democratic Life, a coalition spearheaded by Liz Moorse, a Citizenship Foundation trustee.
Many supporters joined us in giving evidence to the various consultations- and we were all still lobbying hard right up until last month for important improvements to the draft curriculum.
Our efforts have paid off!
The final citizenship curriculum for Key Stages 3 and 4 includes specific changes that we called for:
- Explicit reference to Human Rights and the United Nations
- More prominent reference to democracy, public institutions, and the role of voluntary groups in society.
- Stronger references to active citizenship, rather than simply 'volunteering'
- Financial education widened to include how public money is raised and spent
- Clearer progression between key stages
It's been hard work and we'll continue to push for citizenship education in primary schools (see our Go Givers project for a great example of primary citizenship education in action), but we're thrilled to see so many of our suggested improvements represented.
If you'd like to get involved in bringing Citizenship Education to life for secondary school students through Lawyers in Schools - making it active, transformative and fun! - please contact us for more details.