Citizenship Foundation

Name: Citizenship Foundation
Category: Education
Location: Central London
Project summary: A review of the delivery of the elements of citizenship education (including legal and political literacy, social action, etc) in secondary schools across England - particularly considering the increasing disapplication of the National Curriculum (NC) resulting from progressive academisation, and the introduction of free schools. In 2002, citizenship education was introduced as a new subject on the National Curriculum. All schools, with very few exceptions, were obliged to teach it to all pupils in KS3 and KS4. This is no longer the case - but to what extent, if at all, do academies and free schools continue to deliver citizenship education?
Detailed summary: A review of the delivery of the elements of citizenship education (including legal and political literacy, social action, etc) in secondary schools across England - particularly considering the increasing disapplication of the National Curriculum (NC) resulting from progressive academisation, and the introduction of free schools. In 2002, citizenship education was introduced as a new subject on the National Curriculum. All schools, with very few exceptions, were obliged to teach it to all pupils in KS3 and KS4. This is no longer the case - but to what extent, if at all, do academies and free schools continue to deliver citizenship education?

Which aspects do schools include in their own curriculum? What is the balance between the delivery of legal and political literacy - and the opportunities for active citizenship? What influences the content of their curriculum? Do they write their own courses? What value do they place on expertise of their staff in its delivery? How much time is devoted to it over the school year? How is student progress evaluated? To what extent do they use public exams in citizenship education (e.g. GCSE Citizenship)?

Does a clear picture emerge of what is happening to citizenship education now that the National Curriculum driver has increasingly disappeared? What role does the introduction of SMSC (social moral spiritual cultural education) play in the delivery of the elements of citizenship education - now that it is inspected and reported on? Are 'Fundamental British Values' driving any citizenship based curriculum provision - particularly in some of the values driven academy chains (e.g. Oasis)?

Many questions to answer - probably more than will need to be answered - but this brief gives a flavour of the sorts of questions to consider in this piece of interesting and very topical research project. We are fairly flexible around the scope and happy to discuss with students interested in investigating this area of work.
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Current status: Available to partner with

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