Active Citizenship in Schools: A Good-Practice Guide to Developing a Whole-School Policy

Active Citizenship in Schools: A Good-Practice Guide to Developing a Whole-School Policy

Active Citizenship in Schools: A Good-Practice Guide to Developing a Whole-School Policy

Active Citizenship in Schools: A Good-Practice Guide to Developing a Whole-School Policy


Previously announced as "Citizenship and Community Learning in Schools, " CSV is known in Britain for its high profile citizenship and community learning schemes, including the Barclays New Futures project, National Tutoring scheme and the Millennium Awards. In addition, CSV Education for Citizenship provides a full support and consultancy service for assisting with the development of citizenship and community links by schools, education authorities, organizations and government. This book is based directly on this experience, and will carry their successful and tested approaches across the education sector. This book provides the support needed for schools and other groups to develop citizenship and community learning links as an active part of their curriculum. Point-by-point advice for school leaders and managers is backed up by an unrivaled range of national case studies and experiences, covering peer learning, community service, environmental work, inter generational projects and initiatives to develop communities and schools through the arts, sciences and sports.


This book represents the culmination of many years' work by CSV Education for Citizenship on promoting the concept of 'active citizenship' and on helping and advising schools on its implementation. Under the directorship of the author, CSV Education achieved a major breakthrough in 1995, by becoming a collaborator in the UK's largest education sponsorship, Barclays New Futures, which provided opportunities for schools to become actively involved in their communities through cash awards, advisory support and the receipt of resources, all managed by CSV. Many case studies drawn from these pioneering schools appear throughout this book.

Much has happened since at a national level to establish citizenship at the heart of the curriculum and September 2002 is a landmark for secondary schools as they begin to implement the subject of citizenship. Sir Bernard Crick's seminal report in 1998 led to a response by CSV on active citizenship and the curriculum: this was inspired by Peter Mitchell whose thinking is reflected in the pages of this book. More recently a report by Derry Hannam, in collaboration with CSV, has looked at the relationship between schools which involve their pupils in 'participative activities' and standards of achievement as well as effects on attendance and exclusion.

John Potter has drawn intensively on examples from these initiatives as well as those which have become known to CSV through their notable and innovative practice in involving pupils and giving all of them an entitlement to active citizenship.

In 2000, CSV published Active Citizenship, a toolkit for supporting classroom teachers in developing models of community involvement. This book both complements and extends the scope of that resource by being directed at those with responsibility for managing the implementation of citizenship. There is also much here that will help teachers, trainers, advisers and other educators think deeply about the values of active citizenship and how they can best prepare young people for their future lives and their rightful place as genuinely empowered citizens.

Peter Hayes, Director, CSV Education for Citizenship

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