COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Groups prepare for citizenship on the school curriculum

Charities are gearing up for this autumn's phasing in of citizenship as a statutory element of the national curriculum.

Charities including CSV, Christian Aid, the National Children's Bureau, ActionAid and the Fawcett Society have been attending teachers' conferences, sending out educational materials to secondary schools and advertising in teacher publications in preparation for the change.

Some schools will teach citizenship discretely while others will include it as a strand in their geography, history, religious education and modern languages teaching.

CSV has been funded by the Department for Education and Skills to produce resources which promote active citizenship, while ActionAid has produced teachers' packs to help teachers connect citizenship to the geography aspect of the curriculum.

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