Teach Citizenship: one of the most engaging, empowering & essential subjects in secondary schools today.
Why teach Citizenship?
Students at Hamilton Academy in Leicester explain what Citizenship education means to them.
Training in Citizenship education offers a wide range of societal, educational and professional benefits:
- In supporting students to develop the knowledge and skills of political participation, and building their experience of local, national and global campaigning and change-making, you are directly working towards building a better world.
- By teaching Citizenship you would be helping to politically empower all young people no matter their background, social status, familial income or wider identity. You would help to ensure they build the knowledge, skills and agency to exercise their political rights to take part, effect change, and hold the powerful to account.
- At a time of significant global uncertainty seen through COVID-19, globalisation, climate change, international conflict, migration, populism, political antipathy and Brexit you will enable students to develop their critical capacities to understand and respond to the policies, perspectives and processes that shape these events. In Citizenship education the opportunities presented by movements such as the Black Lives Matter, Climate Change movement, LGBTQIA+ groups and a whole range of others can be utilised to empower young people to improve their local, national and international communities and futures.
- Your teaching will always stay current and relevant as it adapts to contemporary news stories, topical controversial issues and wider societal changes.
- You can often have a much greater level of creative freedom as to the form and content of your lessons. You can be freer to create and foster dynamic, independent, experiential, simulation and imagination-based learning.
- Taught well students love Citizenship it can be a stand-out lesson in which they get to express their thoughts and where their contributions are valued and actively sought, where they get to critique the adult world they see around them, and where they get to have a say in and impact on their communities. Indeed, young people want to be taught great Citizenship education – in October 2016 being taught a ‘curriculum for life’ featuring Citizenship and PSHE came out top of the UK Youth Parliament’s poll of nearly one million young people. This forms one of the campaign strategies of UK Youth Parliament in 2020.
- Teaching Citizenship can bring your everyday alive. Interactions with energetic young people – real-life discussions and debates on pressing political, social, cultural and ethical issues of the day – replace humdrum interactions with computer screens and emails.
- Teaching Citizenship demands a high level of teaching excellence. You will become skilled in utilising challenging teaching and learning strategies, including group work, formal debates, conducting whole-class discussions, project work, use of extensive ICT and social media, and the facilitation of real-life class campaigns.
- You will develop an unparalleled skillset as a teacher of Citizenship, honing skills of public speaking, organisation, communication, advocacy, creativity, literacy, critical enquiry, planning, project delivery and campaigning which are highly relevant to many potential career paths.
- Being a Citizenship teacher can lead to rapid career progression. Many former trainees have risen rapidly to advanced teaching positions, heads of department, heads of year, senior leadership team membership and more.
- Training in Citizenship opens up a huge range of teaching possibilities – many graduates not only secure roles teaching Citizenship, but also posts featuring Politics, Law, the Social Sciences, Humanities, Media and Religious Studies/Philosophy. Furthermore, many Citizenship teachers have progressed to related posts in the wider educational or charity sectors, such as NGO education officers, outreach workers or local authority advisors.
Teach Citizenship is led by PGCE Citizenship at UCL Institute of Education in collaboration with colleagues at Kingston University, Sheffield Hallam University, Bishops Grosseteste University, the Harris Federation, Bradford College, Gorse SCITT, Norfolk Teacher Training Center and Kent and Medway Training and the Association for Citizenship Teaching.
It is designed as a straightforward online guide for graduates & career changers interested in training to teach Citizenship education.