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Classroom Resources on Citizenship


The Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT)
is the professional subject association for those involved in citizenship education. Resources include downloadable classroom lessons.
www.teachingcitizenship.org.uk

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Teachit Citizenship: an online library of teaching resources made and edited by teachers. PDFs and newsletters are free to registered members..
www.teachitcitizenship.co.uk/welcome

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'Do you mean me?': a new website from the Equality Commission Northern Ireland, full of interactivity, stories and other information designed for young people to help deepen and widen their experience and understanding of equality.
www.doyoumeanme.org
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PowerPlay: a resource using the current energy challenges facing countries as a context for activities aimed at engaging students in issues around democracy, decision making, understanding the validity of evidence and analysing different sources of information.
www.powerplayonline.co.uk
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Time 2 Think: supports teaching and learning around how we can better understand self, others and the wider world.
www.time2think.org.uk
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Youth Amplified: an innovative resource to help teachers increase the confidence and skills required by young people to enable them to express themselves effectively.
www.youthamplified.com
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Envision: delivers hands-on support for young people in schools and colleges in the UK on issues relating to citizenship, empowering them to realise their capacity to make a difference.
http://www.envision.org.uk
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EU4Schools: a new digital learning platform for citizenship and the EU. Designed for teenagers to help them learn how to be active citizens in the EU.
www.eu4schools.com/
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'Unlocking the Archives': a new education site aiming to produce learning material which engages and inspires young people to explore our resources, discover people and places and understand our changing world.
www.unlockingthearchives.rgs.org
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L8R: an award winning interactive drama and comprehensive learning resource designed to engage young people in thinking about their own attitudes, behaviours and choices in life.
www.l8r-online.co.uk/st/index.php
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Paying For It: provides opportunities for young people to explore their values about money through a dynamic learning environment for teachers and pupils.
www.payingforit.org.uk
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'Not Just Numbers': a newly launched Educational Toolkit on Migration and Asylum in Europe which aims to introduce debate and discussion on issues of asylum and immigration to the classroom.
www.iom.int/

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Action for Happiness: a movement for positive social change, bringing together people from all countries and walks of life who want to play a part in creating a happier society for everyone.
www.actionforhappiness.org

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'Life Stuff': a list of interactive activities that support the citizenship curriculum for 14-19 year olds.
www.channel4learning.com/learning/
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BBC: this section of the website helps to explain exactly what it means to be a citizen! Animations, activities...plus the chance to talk to others on the message board.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/citizenx/

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Unlocking Perceptions (Understanding Slavery): an initiative encouraging teachers and pupils to examine the history and legacies of the transatlantic slave trade through museum artefacts. Links between the history of transatlantic slavery and modern forms of slavery are investigated.
www.understandingslavery.com
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Education for Democratic Citizenship (EDC) is designed to encourage & help European citizens play an active part in democratic life and exercise their rights and responsibilities in society.
www.coe.int/t/dg4/education/edc/Default_en.asp
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Global Dimension in Schools NI : allows young people to recognise and value global perspectives on the world we live in and develop the understanding, skills and values that enables them to be active global citizens.
www.globaldimensioninschools.org/

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CSPE: a compulsory element of the Irish curriculum for 11-14 year olds aims to produce knowledgeable, critical, active citizens of the future. The website provides information on the syllabus with lots of classroom activities & ideas for action projects.
www.cspe.tv/
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Citizenship Foundation: an independent education and participation charity that exists to encourage and enable individuals to play an effective role in democratic society.
www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk/
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Promote the Vote': the electoral commission in the UK has launched this new site explaining the voting process to people with learning disabilities.
www.promotethevote.co.uk
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Dail na nOg: website of the National Youth Parliament of Ireland. It gives young people the opportunity to represent at a national level, the views of those under the voting age of 18.
www.dailnanog.ie
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Young Citizens In Action: an exciting youth led volunteering and citizenship programme that helps young people become more actively involved in society.
http://youngcitizens.volunteernow.co.uk/volunteering
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Global Citizenship: provides real-world topical content, including 100s of lesson ideas, quizzes, educational games and video clips.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/teachers/default.stm
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Oxfam Global Citizenship: information, support and ideas for developing a Global Citizenship approach in your school.
www.oxfam.org.uk/education/gc/
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Do Politics: A UK website for teachers and other practioners interested in encouraging young people to get involved in democracy.
www.dopolitics.org.uk/
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Online Newspapers: links to newspapers from across the world.
www.onlinenewspapers.com/
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The Citizen: a monthly resource for teachers packed with ready-to-go exercises based on relevant stories from the news. Downloadable samples are available from-
www.schoolsproject.co.uk/mts1.htm
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'If it were my home': a new site which lets you compare living conditions for people in countries across the world.
www.ifitweremyhome.com

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The Lottery of Birth: a DVD which makes you think about what it means to be free.
www.mangu.tv/the-lottery-of-birth-home
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Student Councils: this site helps students, school management and staff to set up and run Student Councils in schools.
www.studentcouncil.ie/
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Mock Elections : all the resources needed to organise a 'real' election.
www.mockelections.co.uk
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Changing Perspectives: a downloadable resource for teachers wishing to explore issues of diversity and equality with their sudents. It includes activities, student worksheets and teachers' notes.
www.developmenteducation.ie/
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Facing History and Ourselves: aims to combat racism, antisemitism and prejudice and nurtures democracy through education programmes worldwide.
www.facinghistory.org/

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Rafi-Ki: a funky new online learning community designed for shared learning at both teacher and student levels.
http://rafikionline.wordpress.com/about/

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Spunout: Ireland's leading online youth health, lifestyle and citizenship resource for 16 to 25 year olds.
http://www.spunout.ie/

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BBC NI Citizenship: An in-depth interactive resource covering the themes of Diversity & Inclusion in the NI Curriculum for Citizenship. Video clips, newspaper articles and interactive activities provide a wealth of information on sectarianism & racism as well as on ethnic minorities & the main world religions. http://www.bbc.co.uk/northernireland/schools/
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Travel the Universe of Greater Europe: an illustrated adventure album for younger pupils enabling them to make a voyage of discovery through the different galaxies of democracy, human and children's rights, sustainable development and cultural diversity.
https://edoc.coe.int/en/6-10-years/5382-travel-the-universe-of-greater-europe.html

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Schools World Service: short films designed to raise awareness of topical international stories and their effects on the lives of young people.
http://schoolsonline.britishcouncil.org/

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Consumer advice: this website provides information to consumers on their rights regarding the purchase of goods in other European Countries.
www.europa.eu.int/comm./consumers/redress/
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Crisis Point: an excellent new online European citizenship resource providing an engaging way for 11-16 year olds to learn about the EU, how it works and how it affects millions of lives.
www.europarl.org.uk/en/education/teachingresources/
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Giving Nation: G-Nation supports UK teenagers to get involved in charity, community, social enterprise and campaigning action.
www.g-nation.co.uk
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Trial and Error: a resource developed for use by teachers wishing to address issues of racism, diversity and identity issues in the classroom.
www.irt.org.uk/news/

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Cultural Awareness: outlines the benefits of cultural awareness training for individuals and businesses.
www.interculturalconnections.co.uk

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Newsademic: an international newspaper for young readers accompanied by classroom activities. The focus is on international news events which shape and affect the world we live in, ideal for implementing the global awareness element of citizenship.
www.newsademic.com
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The Simpsons: episodes of the Simpsons can be used very effectively to cover concepts such as Rights and Responsibilities, Human Dignity and Democracy and issues like immigration, racism, refugees, etc. relevant to many citizenship courses. Excerpts from the script are available at:
www.snpp.com/episodes.html
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Drugs: information on the dangers of drug abuse, one of the major causes of death among young people in Europe with almost 100,000 reported overdose deaths between 1990 & 2002.
www.emcdda.europa.eu/
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World News for Children: 4 minute weekday news bulletin for 7-14 year olds available to download as podcasts. Accompanying scripts available on the BBC World Class website - bbc.co.uk/worldclass
www.bbc.co.uk/radio/podcasts/wnc/

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Simple Acts: this campaign is about inspiring individuals to use small, everyday actions to change perceptions of refugees. It consists of 20 actions that can be done by anyone and that encourage us to learn and do more with refugees.
www.simpleacts.org.uk/

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Post 16 Citizenship: this site provides information for educators about citizenship education. It includes coverage of key citizenship issues and support for delivery with the opportunity to download free materials and resources and links to other useful sites .
www.excellencegateway.org.uk/citizenship

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The UK Parliament: Parliament's education service works with schools and MPs to assist young people in developing their understanding of Parliament and democracy.The site offers resources and support for students and teachers.
www.parliament.uk/education/

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NSPCC (Inform): resources to support schools and colleges in keeping children safe.
www.nspcc.org.uk/inform/resourcesforteachers

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Parliament Revealed: a straightforward guide to understanding the Westminster Parliament.
www.parliamentrevealed.org
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Campaign! Make an Inpact: an innovative initiative that uses history to inspire young people into active citizenship.
www.bl.uk/campaign
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Photo Quiz 2013: a quiz and discussion trigger, based on high-quality press photographs of the past year's news stories.
www.redcross.org.uk/What-we-do/
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Pan EU Youth: An online platform inviting young people to post their thoughts, questions and remarks on any topic regarding modern technology and the internet.
http://paneuyouth.eu/
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The Young Citizen's Passport England and Wales: free lesson plans on a variety of topics associated with everyday law in England and Wales and how it affects your life.
www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk/
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Just Living: A thought-provoking resource, written as a series of six flexible units, explores global citizenship and economic well-being and is free to download.
www.unicef.org.uk/Education/

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The Big Give Philanthrophy in Schools Programme: aims to inspire the next generation of philanthropists and promote the benefits of intelligent giving.
https://content.thebiggive.org.uk/about/opportunities/schools-philanthropy/

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Voices of Youth: offers all children and adolescents a safe and supportive global cyberspace within which they can explore, discuss and partner on issues related to human rights and social change, as well as develop their awareness, leadership, community building, and critical thinking skills through active and substantive participation with their peers and with decision makers globally.
www.voicesofyouth.org/
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Positive Images:an educational resource to teach young people about migration and development. The toolkit includes innovative educational activities, case studies, short films and powerpoint presentations.
www.redcross.org.uk/what-we-do/teaching-resources/teaching-packages/positive-images
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The Schools Law and Citizenship Web: a UK site which aims to introduce pupils to the legal system and help them understand that laws bring responsibilities as well as rights. Weekly lessons are available for members to download.
www.schoolsproject.co.uk/slw.htm
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CND Peace Education Programme: aims to empower young people with knowledge on peace and nuclear issues and support them in making their own decisions. The Peace Education Packs are suitable for a variety of curriculum topics and are available to download from:
www.cnduk.org/information/peace-education/
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WIMPS (Where is my public servant?): a project run by and for young people in NI aiming to make politics more relevant. It helps young people to get organised, to campaign and to bring their views directly to politicians and others, and to influence the decisions that affect their lives.
http://wimps.tv/about
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Your Voice in Europe: access to a wide variety of consultations, discussions and other tools to enable you to play an active role in Europe.
http://ec.europa.eu/yourvoice/index_en.htm

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Public Achievement: Northern Ireland's leading youth-focused civic education organisation supporting young people to do real work on real issues in their communities.
www.publicachievement.com/
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Rock Enrol: a high quality interactive resource designed to encourage young people to engage with democracy in a fun way that brings to life why they should register to vote.
www.gov.uk/government/publications/rock-enrol-engaging-young-people-in-democracy
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