Confusion about citizenship

18th July 2003 at 01:00
Your page on citizenship (TES, July 4) referred to research at the University of East Anglia.

A key finding was that the so-called "flexibility" in citizenship orders translated as a lack of clarity for those who implement the subject in schools.

Unfortunately Sir Bernard Crick, the Government and Office for Standards in Education do not give clear guidance on what is expected from schools.

Teachers who are co-ordinating citizenship are forced to use a considerable amount of time, effort, ingenuity and creativity to interpret and implement a highly complex programme of study.

The co-ordinators are the unsung heroes of this messy experiment and, while Ofsted may criticise what schools are doing, they will no doubt also learn a great deal from co-ordinators' creative initiatives.

Jacqueline Watson School of education and professional development University of East Anglia Norwich

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