CELS: The Citizenship Educational Longitudinal Study - 2001-2010

Front cover of the NFER report on Citizenship Education

National Foundation for Educational Research

From 2001-10, the Citizenship Education Longitudinal Study, run by the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) and funded by the Department for Education, what invaluable in assessing the quality and impact of citizenship education, and helping to raise standards. There is currently no national evaluation study, and this makes it extremely difficult to support schools to improve provision. The findings of the longitudinal study had shown that where citizenship education was taught regularly and consistently from a young age through to 18, planned by coordinators trained in Citizenship, taught by specialist teachers, and included planned assessment, whether through GCSE or another means, it had the greatest impact on young peoples’ confidence, engagement with local issues, future voting behaviour, and future participation in their community.

House of Lords Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement

In 2017, the House of Lords established a Select Committee to consider Citizenship and Civic Engagement in the 21st Century. During the latter half of 2017, the Committee took evidence from a broad range of organisations, including Young Citizens. The Committee is due to publish its report in 2018.

‘The Crick Report’: Education for citizenship and the teaching of democracy in schools

Advisory Group on Citizenship, 1998

It is twenty years since Professor Bernard Crick and his Advisory Group issued its final report into the teaching of citizenship in schools. The report set out a series of recommendations for introducing the National Curriculum subject, which were then adopted by the Government