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Citizenship Education

ACT - Association for Citizenship Teaching
Community cohesion and the prevention of violent extremism
A list of resources for teachers to use in the classroom

  Resource Title and Teacher Guidance Brief Description of the Resource Accessibility
1 Oxfam's Global Citizenship Resources The web-based series gives teachers inspiration and practical tools for incorporating education for Global Citizenship into their lessons and across their school. This resource helps teachers understand and promote the importance of providing a supportive, inclusive and rights-respecting environment for children so they can learn to value and respect their society. This is a very useful guide for teachers new to teaching this topic, or starting at a new school.
KS 1&2
Fully accessible.
2 UNICEF Rights Respecting Schools Award This website contains all the details for schools to take part in an award scheme that leads them to becoming a 'Rights Respecting School'. The award means that the school not only teaches about children's rights but also models rights and respect in all its relationships, whether between pupils, or between pupils, teachers and other people within the school and local community.
KS 0, 1&2, 3&4
Fully accessible.
3 Who Do We Think We Are? This website provides access to a wide range of teaching and learning resources including case studies of successful education projects undertaken with groups of children and young people to engage them in an exploration of identity and cultural diversity. In particular, case studies involving active and creative learning outside the classroom will be beneficial to teachers and pupils in the exploration of community cohesion.
KS 1&2 & 3&4
Fully accessible, however SEN teachers may need to differentiate to meet needs of individuals.
4 A web page of advice for teachers - Considering Terrorism This online briefing paper considers ideas for using 'terrorism' as a class theme to explore all three strands of the secondary curriculum, as well as addressing Primary Citizenship. This theme archive is intended to inspire teachers to use this particular theme to deliver Citizenship and have a frank discussion with pupils about terrorism, in a safe learning environment.
KS 1&2, 3&4
Fully accessible.
5 Identity, Diversity and Citizenship – A critical review of educational resources Published in 2007, before the use of current terms such as community cohesion and prevention of violent extremism, this review signposts teachers to the scope of resources available for teaching the KS 3&4 Citizenship education concept Identity and Diversity: Living Together in the UK. This resource enables teachers to consider the quality, breadth and scope of existing materials, how they can be used to engage the learner, and poses questions for teachers in considering developing teaching and learning activities for a range of issues and themes.
KS 3&4
Fully accessible - to support teachers' understanding and development of citizenship resources.
6 War Child The aim of this website is to educate young people about war, especially the effect of conflict and poverty on young people. This resource is useful to explore community cohesion in a wider, global context and for comparison between communities living with war and communities that pupils are familiar with. The website is especially useful for encouraging debate and discussion about these issues within a safe learning environment. and also
KS 3&4 (Years 9-11)
Fully accessible, however SEN teachers may need to differentiate to meet needs of individuals.
7 Teach Rights This is a series of teaching resources, lesson plans and activity packs designed to inspire teachers to help classes explore issues of human rights, through the 'lens' of Amnesty International. It helps teachers inform students' understanding of controversial global and local issues such as 'Refugees and Asylum', 'Death Penalty', 'Modern Slavery', 'Poverty', 'Sexual Rights' and 'Traveller Rights', which can be used as powerful learning experiences to consider a variety of themes within community cohesion and can be used by Citizenship specialists and non-specialists alike. (register for free online access)
KS 3&4
Difficult concepts for young people with learning difficulties. SEN teachers will need to differentiate to meet needs of individuals.
8 Community Cohesion: the experiences of an inner-city academy This is an article by an ACT Council member, giving practical advice on what the duty to promote community cohesion means in practice in schools and how the National Curriculum for Citizenship education can support it. This article can help develop teachers' thinking about what community cohesion really entails and how a class can make a positive contribution to the community beyond the classroom in a wide range of situations.
KS 3&4
Fully accessible.

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