“Make playgrounds more dangerous”

One of the nice things about travelling by train is the opportunity to meet new people.  Last year I ended up sitting next to an old house mate from 10 years previously who now has a couple of pubs in Bath.  Last week I sat down opposite a fellow called Read more…

Towards consensus? Citizenship in Secondary Schools

OFSTED published today their latest report on Citizenship teaching in secondary schools.  You can download it here.  As you’d expect it recommends direct contact between students and councillors as a good teaching practice.  A common feature of good lessons is the high level of participation on the part of pupils. Read more…

I support Local Democracy

The sharp-eyed amongst you will have noticed a little extra eye-candy today.  This site now sports a bright yellow button that links through to the page showing how people can get involved in the Local Democracy Campaign. The aim is to get as many people displaying the button as possible.  Read more…

Local Democracy Campaign Awareness

Last week I was invited to speak to a Citizenship Co-ordinators Network event in Bristol. It was held at a City Learning Centre at Brislington College and the facilities were superb and, judging by the number of students who tried to get into the computer room where we were meeting, Read more…

International Rock Festival

Gillian Simmons, from England’s most northerly council, Berwick-upon-Tweed, was telling me about their youth engagement plans for this year.  The council is supporting a venture between Berwick High School and a local music company PFL Studios.  The venture Berwick Music is setting up a music festival in July.  Students at Read more…

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