Lisa Winnington, Subject Support Co-ordinator
In this blog I’ll share the latest news about our GCSE Citizenship Studies qualification, including updates from the Association for Citizenship Teaching
annual conference in June.
The Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT) holds an annual conference that brings together teachers and other interested parties to discuss and exchange ideas that support quality citizenship teaching.
Along with a colleague, Sara Mallet, I attended this year’s conference which was held at the Institute of Education (IOE) at University College London (UCL). The theme this year was Climate Empowerment – the role of Citizenship and Personal Development Teachers.
It was great to attend this event and meet and share ideas and experiences with teachers, practitioners and other stakeholders. There were workshops throughout the day – really beneficial sessions to talk to teachers about their experience of teaching the subject and gain beneficial insight from teachers to drive the future of citizenship teaching. Here are a couple of my highlights from the conference:
The Citizenship Teaching Awards were held immediately after the ACT conference. These awards recognise and celebrate schools, teachers and organisations who have shown commitment to citizenship education and represent its core values. It was a great evening to celebrate everyone’s achievements.
We have made changes to the specification to reflect the UK’s departure from the European Union (EU). The changes relation to two sections of the specification: Section 2: Democracy and government and Section 3: The UK and the wider world.
The specification content changes will be first assessed in June 2025 series. For more details on the changes please see the subject update.
In July we launched our brand new Twitter (X) account for GCSE Citizenship Studies so make sure you follow us @OCR_Citizenship to keep up to date on news, articles and resources.
If you have any questions about supporting students with GCSE Citizenship Studies, please get in touch with Lisa Winnington at email@example.com. You can also sign up to subject updates and receive email information about resources and support.
Lisa is a Subject Support Co-ordinator and has worked for Cambridge University Press & Assessment in various roles since 2000, most recently in Compliance. Lisa is responsible for a range of subjects including law, citizenship and the Extended Project Qualification.