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I joined Blackfen School for Girls in September 2010 as the ‘Learning & Guidance Leader’, which means my responsibilities include Citizenship education, Learning to Learn, Personal, Social & Health Education and Student Voice. The school had a well-developed programme of Learning to Learn, but very little in the way of Citizenship education.

My response was to create a new combination of subjects we call ‘Power Up!’. We call it this because what really brings these areas of learning together is that they are all about building students’ power – citizen power, learning power and personal power.

This blog is my attempt to document what we are trying to do, with a special focus on Citizenship education. I hope it will offer some ideas and inspiration to anyone who cares as much about Citizenship education as I do.

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  1. Anonymous permalink
    September 25, 2011 5:14 pm

    I have recently been appointed as a teacher of Citizenship and am the sole teacher responsible for devising a three year plan on how to teach Citizenship and PSHE, Careers and enterprise. I like to think i am forward thinking and a creative Citizenship teacher who has the ability to think outside the box. You have some fantastic lesson ideas on here and i do hope to mirror some of these ideas. I do feel the school i have recently arrived in is very different from yours, but i hope with some of these creative activities it can add that extra element to my new subject which i am calling “CPS” I would like to set up a blog similar to yours. What site are you using to create this blog? are there any sites yo would recumbent or any tips for winning the kids round to the subject?

    Take care

    Brett Kingsnorth

  2. Pete Pattisson permalink
    September 27, 2011 5:53 pm

    Hi Brett – good to hear from you. I have three suggestions – first and foremost get the teaching right – if your lessons are active, engaging and relevant, the kids will love it; secondly get the teaching team right – don’t know what staff you’re working with but you need to work towards a small team of specialist teachers; and finally get the timetabling right – it’s better to teach less, but have it taught by specialists, than vice-versa. This is just a simple blog (not – free and easy to set up. Good luck, Pete

  3. Amy permalink
    December 7, 2011 12:14 am

    Hi Pete.

    I’m feeling inspired by your blog. Currently I am preparing for my pgce citizenship interview which is on Monday.

    Keep up the good work.


    • Anonymous permalink
      December 7, 2011 6:17 pm

      Thanks Amy – good luck with the interview.

      Best, Pete

  4. Keith permalink
    January 19, 2012 4:52 pm

    Hi Pete,

    I’m a PGDE student in Scotland, training to teach Modern Studies – a sort of combination of Citizenship and Politics courses in England. I stumbled across your blog today, and it looks like it could be really useful for me in my next placement in a couple of weeks. Thanks in advance!



    • Pete Pattisson permalink
      January 20, 2012 6:04 pm

      Glad it’s useful.

      Best wishes, Pete


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