Headlines: July 3rd, 2000

The introduction to the school curriculum of citizenship has received a boost with the allocation of a further three hundred thousand pounds from the DfEE.Citizenship will better prepare tomorrow’s adults to take an active role in their communities, by being schooled in the issues that affect their lives.

The extra money just announced will be spent on preparing quality teacher support materials for when the subject becomes a compulsory element of the National Curriculum, in September 2002.

Specifically it will support the development of a citizenship website on the National Grid for Learning, enable voluntary and non-government citizenship groups to continue to develop resources; and support conferences and best practice seminars to enable schools, teachers, professionals and advisers to share ideas about what works.

Announcing the extra money Education Secretary David Blunkett said: “Citizenship is not just simply knowing about democratic institutions, both civil and political. It is much more than that. It is about, for instance, having an awareness of and being able to take part in the debate about how the human Genome programme can be used for good purposes, but also the potential dangers that come with it.

“I am committed to equipping our young people with the knowledge and understanding to appreciate the issues that affect their lives.