Educators from the five nations gathered in Cardiff on 7-8 November 2015 for the 16th annual conference. This year, the conference was themed around the topic of 'Citizenship and Identity: The role and identities of teachers of citizenship in a time of change' and was the third of three conferences focusing on the theme of 'Identity and Citizenship'. Click here to download the programme
The aims of the conference were to:
We heard from a number of guest speakers. Ann Keane, former Chief Inspector of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales provided the opening keynote on citizenship education and inspection. Barrie Phillips and Omer Williams then shared their insights from working on the Prevent strategy with the Welsh Government. Jamie Kelsey-Fry, a teacher, textbook author and activist, provided the second keynote, where he explored and reflected on the challenges of being a citizenship teacher and activist and shared some of the techniques he uses in generating pupil led active citizenship. Keynote speaker films
A series of seminars and workshops explored the many different challenges for teachers of citizenship as they develop learning experiences that help pupils make sense of the wider world, tackle controversial and sensitive issues including those related to identity issues, migration, prevention of terrorism and radicalisation, and encourage them to actively participate in political and democratic life. Seminar resources
I came to the conference with such a narrow view of citizenship. The conference has increased my knowledge and indeed confidence of teaching citizenship. I learned a lot about myself and how to approach teaching citizenship... I look forward to implementing some of the excellent ideas and practice that were discussed...
Six short, focused Five Nations Development Projects (FNDPs) were funded in advance of the conference to allow teachers in schools to take forward a range of citizenship and values education projects. The six teachers attended the conference and shared their findings through poster presentations. Five Nations Development Projects
Embedding citizenship across the curriculum can be difficult when it is not a testable subject but this conference has offered a range of ideas to embed its messages.