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27.10.2015 | Von:
David Kerr

Challenges: UK


The strong evidence base developed for Citizenship around the CELS study and Ofsted report highlights many challenges facing this area since 2002 (Benton et al., 2008; Keating et al., 2009 and 2010; Ofsted, 2006, 2010 and 2013). Perhaps the greatest is that around the consistency and coherence of links between policy, practice and vision. The CELS report of 2010 showed that citizenship education is most effective for young people over time: where they encounter it regularly in the curriculum (starting in primary schools); where that curriculum time for Citizenship is planned and taught by trained specialist Citizenship teachers; where there are quality teaching and learning materials; where there is clear assessment of students' learning and, finally, where Citizenship has status in a school, and the active support of school leaders (Keating et al, 2010).

Ensuring that these conditions are being met has proved challenging in England, largely because of constantly changing education policies and priorities by government. These have given mixed messages about the focus on and value of Citizenship in schools and prevented Citizenship for firmly taking root in schools in the curriculum, school community and through links with wider communities. The research base shows that the progress of Citizenship has been bumpy, patchy and inconsistent with excellent practice mixed with less good. As a result, Citizenship remains a work in progress in England, with the on-going key challenge being that of how to translate ambitious policies into ambitious practices and meet the vision of the CAG in effecting ‘a change in the political culture’.

Country Profile: UK

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European societies, albeit at different paces, have undergone profound changes in the fabric of their populations due to EU enlargement, European Citizenship, globalization and migration processes. Traditional concepts of citizenship and citizenship education in Europe have to be revised in the light of these developments.

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