Active Citizenship in Schools: A Good Practice Guide to by John Potter

By John Potter

Group provider Volunteers is understood nationally for its excessive profile citizenship and neighborhood studying schemes, together with the Barclays New Futures venture, nationwide Tutoring scheme and the Millennium Awards. moreover, CSV schooling for Citizenship presents an entire aid and consultancy carrier for helping with the advance of citizenship and neighborhood hyperlinks by means of faculties, schooling experts, corporations and govt. This publication relies at once in this adventure, and may hold their winning and established techniques around the schooling quarter. supplying the aid wanted for faculties and different teams to advance citizenship and group studying hyperlinks as an lively a part of their curriculum, this ebook deals point-by-point suggestion for faculty leaders and executives subsidized up by way of an unrivalled diversity of nationwide case stories and reviews. utilizing in-depth research, it covers: * peer studying* neighborhood carrier* environmental paintings. in addition, this ebook appears to be like at intergenerational initiatives and tasks to advance groups and colleges in the course of the arts, sciences and activities.

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4. 5. the perceived tension between the standards agenda (driven by league tables and cash) and the values agenda (driven by no such imperatives) (see Chapter 13, under The benefits of a whole-school strategy: The contribution of citizenship education to standards); the struggle to find space in the curriculum and time for the teachers to tackle the new subject, particularly community involvement (see Chapter 14, The curriculum: Creating learning experiences); the matter of assessment and accreditation—whether pupils can fail citizenship (see Chapter 14, under The curriculum: Assessment); increasing democratic student involvement (see Chapter 14, under The curriculum: Involving students in school); sufficient training, resources and support for citizenship education (see Chapter 14, under Professional development; Management; and Context).

These included the debates about: 30 What is education for active citizenship? • • • • • • – citizenship and personal, social and health education; – summative and formative assessment; – the place of citizenship education in the curriculum. These tensions have not disappeared, but the fact that they were faced up to at an early stage proved helpful in clarifying for teachers what was to be expected (or not expected) of them. The Standards and Effectiveness Unit was identified as one source of funding and support for citizenship education.

Teenagers spend an average of 12 hours watching television each week, while spending only five or six hours with family or doing school work. When they do venture outdoors, the survey finds boys more likely to participate in sport than girls. Three-quarters of boys aged up to 16 frequently play a team game, compared with only 42 per cent of girls. The biggest out-of-school sport played by boys is football, while girls tend to favour more individual activities such as swimming and keep fit The conclusions that we may draw from this survey should be set beside the further information in the chapters on political attitudes (Chapter 6) and on crime (Chapter 9).

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