Public Legal Education

The Big Legal Lesson 2022

The UK's biggest legal education campaign is back. Let's bring the law to classrooms from 14-18 March 2022 - and beyond.
Teaching resources

Plastic Pollution

Does COP26 feel like a distant memory? This lesson is a great way to keep your primary class engaged in the fight for the environment.
Teaching resources

COVID and the Economy

How should Government money be spent in a time of crisis? Let your class decide with our new lesson plan.
Teaching resources

Our free library of primary and secondary resources

Access our bank of over 100 citizenship and PSHE lessons and assemblies completely free
Social Action

The Circle of Life Award

Deliver a social action project in the local community inspired by Disney's THE LION KING
Law

Public Legal Education programmes

Ensure that students know their rights, understand their responsibilities and can navigate confidently through the legal system

Britain's future depends on empowering the next generation with the skills, knowledge and confidence to engage in society today.

Young Citizens is an education charity working in primary and secondary schools across the UK to help educate, inspire and equip the active citizens of tomorrow.

We provide immersive experiences that build every young persons’ citizenship skills and robust resources that help educators in schools and beyond engage young people in the complex issues of today.

In our thirty-year history, we have mobilised more than 300,000 young people to take social action, engaged over 150,000 young people in understanding the law and the legal system and reached over 1 million young people with our citizenship programmes and classroom resources.

Our teachers' resources

Access our library of 100+ lessons, assemblies and other flexible citizenship and PSHE resources by becoming a school subscriber, available for free 2021/22 thanks to the Pears Foundation.

80%

of secondary schools have used our programmes or teaching materials.

300,000

school children have taken part in our social action programmes since 2008.

15,420

primary teachers have been trained by our team over the past decade.

Programme Highlights

Mock Trials

The Mock Trial Competitions are our longest-running active learning experiences. Since 1991, we’ve provided unparalleled exposure to the judicial...

Make a Difference Challenge

Making a difference to society The Make a Difference Challenge is a child-led social action programme that empowers some...

SMSC Quality Mark

Helping your school achieve excellence in SMSC Whether you are just starting out, restarting and rethinking your approach, or...

The Charity

We see that young people UK-wide are able to become informed, empowered and active citizens. We do this by providing a range of quality programmes and school resources that help teachers embed the difficult issues of today and build citizenship skills from primary up to secondary and college years.

8,800

schools interventions were made by us in the past year.

2,000

volunteers – including barristers, solicitors magistrates and judges – supported us in the past year.

370,000

children and young people benefited from our work in the last year.

Support Us

Whether a volunteer or a donor, your support can help us continue to create informed, empowered and confident young citizens. Interested in helping shape one of our key themes or issues as a sector leader? Be sure to read more about our partnerships.