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Citizenship advisory group reports


The final report on citizenship published 22nd September 1998 identifies three
strands to education for citizenship:

Social and moral repsonsibility - children learning self confidence and
socially and morally responsible behaviour

Community involvement - learning about and becoming helpfully involved in the
life and concerns of communities

Political literacy - learning about the institutions, problems and practices
of our democracy and developing values and skills to make themselves effective
in the life of the nation, locally, regionally and nationally

The report carries 10 major recommendations which include

  • statutory requirement on schools to deliver citizenship education through a
    series of learning outcomes for each key stage - phased in
  • taught in combination with other subjects from the age of 5 to 16 and
    afterwards for post 16 students
  • school ethos should reflect the new emphasis on citizenship
  • new resources are required
  • a new Commission on citizenship education to ensure the recommendations are
    carried forward and to monitor progress and practice

    The report will now be considered by QCA (Qualifications and Curriculum
    Authority). New proposals from the DfEE in the summer term of 1999 are likely
    to include these recommendations and those from the Advisory Group on PSHE and
    those from the groups on sustainable development education and creative and
    cultural education.

    The full report can be obtained from QCA Publications 01787 884444 quoting
    reference QCA/98/245 or accessed via <a

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