Useful websites

Will Ord

Websites that support citizenship education are well worth the "surf time". As well as contributing to ICT requirements, they offer:

* lessons, projects and information;

* tailor-made sites for pupils (KS3 CE Programmes of Study section 2a);

* contemporary information on many issues (1i, 2a);

* different perspectives (3a);

* a medium for national and international discussions and debates (2b, 2c);

* a means of participatory citizenship and political activity (from local to global; 3b);

* a rich resource for studying the media and presentation (1h).

For teacherseducators: or for details on resources, guidelines, planning and QCA Schemes of Work. (The Citizenship Foundation) and (The Institute for Citizenship) provide excellent information, ideas, advice, weblinks, project ideas and case studies. for advice on how to set up and run successful school councils (2b, 3b, 3c). ("Philosophy for Children") for information, training courses, resources, membership and conferences about enquiry and thinking skills in communal settings (sections 23).

www.globalethics.orguk (The Institute for Global Ethics UK Trust) provides theoretical and practical ideas, training and resources from the USAUK. It also runs a pilot Award Scheme, building on the core ethical values that underpin CE and the Human Rights Act, available to schools from January 2003 (1a, 1g, sections 23). is a dynamic and user-friendly site for primary schools that includes 'action in the community' and discussion ideas. (Primary CE.) (Charter 88) is an excellent on-line citizenship resource for educators with particularly good weblinks and political information (sections 1, 2, 3). ( and Hansard Society) is the website for BBC Newsround Student Mock Elections, and includes practical advice on running elections in schools (1d, 1e, 2, 3).

Search engines ( is a fast and efficient example) are obviously invaluable. Target areas might include the global aspects of citizenship, charities and volunteering, environmental issues, international organisations (UN, etc), wars, elections, legal and political sites.

For KS34: is packed with teenagers' views and experiences, including real life stories and supportive information. It focuses on "how to speak out and change things around you" (sections 1, 2, 3). looks gender stereotypes, what it means to be equal, decision making, equal pay, work-life balance, caring, bullying and responsibility for contraception. It is a new site set up by the Fawcett Society.

For KS45 pupils: is an excellent site with user-friendly advice, information, discussion board, case studies and project ideas on many PSECitizenship topics, (especially strong on politics and volunteering). (Sections 1, 2, 3.)

Calling all KS3 teachers: BBC Factual amp; Learning is looking for KS3 teachers from around the country to pilot sections of a new BBC interactive website called Citizen X, which will allow students to explore how they can interact with government and power. The website will cover the curriculum subjects of history, geography, ICT and maths as well as citizenship and will be launched on BBC Schools Online in September. Contact Louise Wordsworth.

Email: Tel: 0208 225 9945.

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