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Teach Citizenship: be one of the next generation of subject specialists & enjoy rapid career progression opportunities.

Who could apply to train in Citizenship?

Because of the wide range of topics covered within the subject (politics, law, human rights, media, global issues and governance, identity & diversity, the voluntary sector and financial & economic literacy), providers of Citizenship initial teacher education welcome enquiries and applications from graduates and career changers with a wide range of degrees and/or experience, including:

Applications from those with experience within those sectors commonly taught through Citizenship are also welcomed – such as politics, law, media, human rights/international develiopment and non-governmental organisations / the third sector.

For everyone applying, experience working or observing in schools (particularly those that teach Citizenship), working with young people or within an education setting is also extremely beneficial in support of your application.  For those that don’t have this it is worth approaching schools to try to organise some observation experience of Citizenship lessons so you begin to develop an understanding of what effective Citizenship teaching might look like.

Applicants generally need to have secured a 2:2 or higher in their studies to be eligible for places.  In addition teacher training candidates require a C/5 grade or above in GCSE English or Maths to be able to teach in mainstream secondary schools in England.

If you’d like to discuss your own particular background or circumstances, providers will be more than happy to offer advice tailored to your situation.

“Citizenship is such an exciting subject, being able to incorporate current affairs into teaching makes it fresh and engaging. As Citizenship specialists we tackle some challenging ideas. Creating a safe space for discussion and encouraging the curiosity of young people makes me feel that the pupils we teach are taking what they learn beyond the classroom.”

Jemma Jeanes

Citizenship Student Teacher, 2019-20, UCL Institute of Education

About us

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.

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