Citizenship Education and Inspection
Ann Keane, former Chief Inspector of Schools in Wales, gave the opening keynote one day one of the conference. Please note that there were some sound issues during the recording.
Ann was a member of the Wales Inspectorate for Education and Training, Estyn, for thirty one years and became Her Majesty's Chief Inspector in 2010. She retired from the service in 2015.
Before her time as an HMI she was a teacher in secondary, further and higher education. Ann studied at UCW Aberystwyth, the London School of Economics and University College London.
Who is the citizenship educator?
Jamie Kelsey-Fry, teacher and grassroots activist, gave the second keynote on day two of the conference. Please note that there is some mild swearing in the film.
Jamie has been teaching for twenty five years. In 2010 he published a GCSE Citizenship Education textbook based on the 'skills' aspect of the curriculum, 'The Rax Active Citizenship Toolkit'. He has run the Rax Consultancy ever since, providing youth workshops and teacher training in active citizenship across the UK and recently in Europe. He is also a well-known grassroots activist; being one of the key spokespeople in the Occupy movement, working with UK Uncut to use media savvy stunts to raise awareness about tax evasion and helping to shape the leading grassroots climate justice group in the UK 'Reclaim The Power'.
He is a visiting lecturer on social pedagogy at the London Metropolitan University, basing his work on ten years as a community activist in Islington founding an award winning Tenants and Residents Association, a community led youth club and a boys' football team. Jamie is an advocate for the remarkable benefits of active citizenship projects.