What is citizenship?

Citizens are members of a state or a nation. Citizenship is the process of being such a member. It is how we make society work, together.Read more

British values

In a press release on 27 November 2014, the Department for Education told all schools to promote 'British values' and produced advice for doing so through SMSC. Here, we explain what that means for schools.Read more

What is citizenship education?

Citizenship education is about enabling people to make their own decisions and to take responsibility for their own lives and communities. And in many countries it's becoming increasing important.Read more

Brexit and young people

The UK’s withdrawal from the European Union is likely to lead to the most profound change to our system of politics and democracy in a generation. Young Citizens is working to help empower young people to make their voice heard. And we're campaigning to get those in power to involve young people in the debate. Find out more...Read more

Improving the National Curriculum for Citizenship

Citizenship as a subject in the national curriculum is withering on the vine. It's been starved of funding, support has been taken away, and increasing numbers of schools no longer teach it as a discrete subject. Young Citizens is campaigning for Citizenship to be restored as a subject in all schools - both primary and secondary. Find out more...Read more

A generation of active young citizens

We believe that every young person – no matter who they are, or what their background – has a right to the opportunities to learn and practice what it takes to be an active, engaged and motivated citizen. Learn more about the steps we think need to be taken...Read more

Prevent Duty on schools

In July 2015 a duty was placed on schools to tackle radicalisation. In its guidance for school leaders, the Department for Education recommends citizenship classes as a place to do this. It also encourages schools to explore controversial issues in class.Read more

Controversial issues: guidance for schools

In an age of mass media and electronic communication, children and young people are regularly exposed to the conflicts and controversies of adult life. How can schools help prepare them?Read more

Lowering the voting age to 16

Here, we give teachers a little support for debating the topic in class with students. Do young people of this age know enough about politics yet? And if they could vote, can they be trusted to do it sensibly?Read more

Dealing with the BNP and other radical groups in schools

This document, written by Billy Crombie and Don Rowe, attempts to set out the key issues and arguments in order to help schools arrive at a clear policy in relation to their response to extreme and radical groups.Read more