Yesterday evening (7th Feb 2017), the All Party Parliamentary Group for Democratic Participation brought together stakeholders from across the education sector to discuss ‘Is there a future for Citizenship Education?’ As Lead Fellow for Citizenship on the APPG, Crick Centre research associate James Weinberg delivered one of the key note addresses along with Lord Blunkett, Nicky Morgan MP, and Liz Morse of the Association of Citizenship Teachers (ACT).
James laid out a clear mandate for retaining and promoting citizenship education with reforms at both the curricular and extra-curricular level, and greater institutional support and incentives for both teachers and school leaders. Teachers and pupils from School 21 were also present to showcase the effects of good citizenship education in practice. The project-based learning of School 21’s curriculum lends itself perfectly to an oracy-led approach to citizenship that crucially blends facts and skills at every level.
Last night’s event also marked the announcement of a new Political Literacy Oversight Group that will hold the Government to account on its recent pledges to improve political literacy in schools and to incorporate citizenship education into the National Citizens Service. James will represent the Crick Centre as a key member of this group.