You CAN teach an old dog new tricks!

I often tell people, when I’m talking about I’m a Councillor, that it’s definitely a two way thing. It’s not just about young people learning more about local democracy (as if they are empty vessels that just need filling up by clever grown-up). It’s also about local democracy (in the Read more…

Storm is right!

Well, that was the busiest day we’ve ever had on IAC, and it was the first day! It’s only going to get busier. The energy of young people faced with a forum like this is a joy to behold, but a bugger to keep up with. The moderators and councillors Read more…

You’ve got to love live chats

We had a good live chat today in Dumfries and Galloway, with Cllr Sean Marshall showing how it should be done, asking young people questions and getting them talking. They got very enthusiastic, telling him about what they wanted to see in their area. So enthusiastic that Sean was deluged! 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…

IAC Deadline Day

It’s been a hectic day today calling all the councils who have expressed an interest in I’m a Councillor but from whom we’ve not had a definite yes or no.  We’ll do a final count tomorrow but it looks like we’ll have about 35 councils taking part in October which Read more…

Think Local, Act Global

This year we are running an international version of I’m a Councillor alongside the 30 plus UK councils already signed up to the event.  In the second week of the fortnight students will be able to also access a second version of the site where they will be able to Read more…

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