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Citizenship Education

Volume 450: debated on Monday 23 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills (1) what plans he has to encourage the recruitment of specialist trained citizenship teachers by schools; (94891)

(2) what assessment he has made of the Ofsted report “Towards Consensus—Citizenship in Secondary Schools”;

(3) what recent assessment he has made of the quality of teaching of citizenship in schools; and what steps he is taking to improve the standard of such teaching.

The DfES welcomes the Ofsted report “Towards Consensus–Citizenship in Secondary Schools” which recognises that much good work has taken place, that steady progress is being made in citizenship teaching and acknowledges that there is still much room for improvement. 200 initial teacher training places in citizenship education are being made available each year and the DfES is funding 1,200 Citizenship Continuing Professional Development (CPD) places over the next two years to enable citizenship teachers to broaden and deepen their subject knowledge. We have also published a CPD handbook and citizenship self-evaluation tools for both primary and secondary schools. We continue to support the Association of Citizenship Teachers and work with a range of organisations to provide resources and support for teachers.