This was one of the recommendations of Sir Keith Ajegbo's report into citizenship earlier this year, which said that the subject needed to foster "core British values". However, right-wing sociologist Professor Frank Furedi has argued that such moves threaten to turn the curriculum into a vehicle for "fashionable prejudices".
But many, including the Citizenship Foundation, vehemently disagree. "It's something young people want to talk about," said a spokeswoman. "But it tends to be a topic teachers are wary of, because it's so complex."
Less controversially but perhaps more radically, schools are asked to involve pupils in real-life citizenship by getting them to take part in school elections, charity and voluntary work.