Citizenship struggles

30th October 2009 at 00:00

Some secondaries are still struggling to provide citizenship lessons, according to a National Foundation for Educational Research study published this week. Citizenship was made compulsory in the national curriculum in 2002. But schools are still being hindered in their provision by weak leadership, the low status of the subject and pressures on the curriculum.

The study of 317 schools found that when the subject was taught it had a positive effect on students' confidence, behaviour, tolerance and attitudes, and gave them a greater awareness of current affairs.

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