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New guidance published in 2019 to make sure education prepares young people for life in the modern world.
New guidance published in February 2019 will ensure that education prepares all young people for life in the modern world. The guidance will be compulsory for all schools from September 2020.
Included within the guidance is the need for schools to foster students’ well-being, develop resilience and character to ensure they become happy, productive members of society. The guidance encourages schools to undertake social action, active citizenship and other voluntary services both locally and more widelySchools must also ensure that young people are taught about the law so that they fully understand their rights and responsibilities as citizens.
View schools guidance on meeting spiritual, moral, social, cultural development of your pupils.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development is the over-arching umbrella that encompasses personal development across the whole curriculum.
Ofsted puts SMSC ‘at the heart’ of school development. It requires schools to think about the kind of people they want students’ to aspire to be, the kind of world they aspire to create, and the kind of education they aspire to provide.
Useful SMSC documents:Independent schools standards guidance Promoting fundamental British values through SMSC
View the education inspection framework that Ofsted will use assess English schools.
A new inspection framework will be applied in schools from September 2019.
The education inspection framework sets out how Ofsted inspects maintained schools, academies, non-association independent schools, further education and skills provision and registered early years settings in England.
As part of this framework inspectors will consider how effectively a school is equipping students “to be responsible, respectful, active citizens who contribute positively to society.”
Click here to view DfE's programme of study.
Citizenship was made a statutory subject in secondary schools in 2002. A new programme of study for Keys Stages 3 and 4 was published in 2013.
In addition to the national curriculum the GCSE in Citizenship outlines core content that should be addressed through teaching and learning. At primary school citizenship has a non-statutory framework which sets out what should be taught at Key Stages 1 and 2.