Neglecting citizenship comes at a cost

5th October 2007 at 01:00

Given the lack of access to training and support faced by many teachers of citizenship, we should not be surprised by the findings of Dr Mary Richardson's research about the low status of the subject in some schools (TES, September 21). Equally, we should commend the increasing number of schools, noted by Ofsted and the National Foundation for Educational Research, who have embraced citizenship both within the curriculum and as part of their ethos. If we are to share the lessons of these "citizenship-rich" schools, we need a properly resourced national strategy for teaching and learning in citizenship, as the Education and Skills Select Committee called for last year. This will not come cheaply, but the cost of not educating our young people about how they can be effective in their communities and our democracy is surely plain for all to see.

Tony Breslin

Chief Executive, Citizenship Foundation, London EC1

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