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BHA expresses alarm as A level citizenship under threat

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Alan H
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BHA expresses alarm as A level citizenship under threat

#1 Post by Alan H » February 16th, 2015, 1:49 pm

BHA expresses alarm as A level citizenship under threat
Take action! Sign a petition organised by Democratic Life asking AQA to keep offering citizenship A level

AQA, the only exam board to offer AS and A levels in citizenship studies, has announced that it is intending to drop the subject from the qualifications it offers from 2017. The British Humanist Association (BHA) believes that citizenship education has a vital role to play in equipping young people with the knowledge and skills to take their place as citizens in a thriving democratic society, and has expressed alarm at the prospect of the subject being dropped.

Citizenship education has faced several years of uncertainty in English schools, with the Expert Panel for the National Curriculum Review having recommended in 2011 that the subject be removed from the national curriculum, which the Government thankfully ignored; and the subsequent curriculum review proposing to remove human rights from the programme of study, a decision that was reversed after the BHA and othersspoke out. Last week the Government published new GCSE citizenship studies subject content, including references to ‘the UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights, the European Convention on Human Rights, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, the 1998 Human Rights Act’ for the first time.

The latest blow, therefore, comes as a particular disappointment. As a result, Democratic Life, a coalition of organisations that supports citizenship education and which includes the BHA, has organised a letter to AQA, signed by David Blunkett MP, President of the Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT), Lord Phillips of Sudbury, President of the Citizenship Foundation, and 16 other citizenship experts, calling for the decision to be reversed. Democratic Life is also organising a petition on the same subject.

BHA Education Campaigner Richy Thompson commented, ‘Citizenship education is vital in educating young people about equalities, human rights, and what it means to take an active part in democratic society, living cohesively with their neighbours and engaging in social action to better their communities for all. At A level such education seeks to help those who will go on to become the most engaged citizens, shaping the lives of future generations for the better. If no-one offers this qualification then that will damage our country and undermine the very values our Government has declared our fundamental to society.

‘I therefore hope that anyone reading this will join me in signing the petition urging for the qualification to be kept.’

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For further comment or information, please contact Richy Thompson on 020 7324 3072.

Read AQA’s announcement: http://www.aqa.org.uk/supporting-education/policy/gcse-and-a-level-changes/structure-of-new-a-levels

Read the Citizenship Foundation’s comment: http://www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk/main/news.php?n1120

Read the letter organised by Democratic Life: http://www.democraticlife.org.uk/2015/02/13/help-david-blunkett-and-higher-education-professionals-save-the-citizenship-a-level/

Sign the petition: https://www.change.org/p/geoff-coombe-aqa-exam-board-don-t-ditch-the-only-citizenship-a-level

The British Humanist Association is the national charity working on behalf of non-religious people who seek to live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. It promotes a secular state and equal treatment in law and policy of everyone, regardless of religion or belief.

The BHA is a member of the Democratic Life coalition.
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Re: BHA expresses alarm as A level citizenship under threat

#2 Post by Altfish » February 16th, 2015, 2:11 pm

Alan

I've just clicked on two links and have arrived at "This page is not available"; I've not tried all but there does seem to be a problem with some.

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Re: BHA expresses alarm as A level citizenship under threat

#3 Post by Alan H » February 16th, 2015, 2:35 pm

Altfish wrote:Alan

I've just clicked on two links and have arrived at "This page is not available"; I've not tried all but there does seem to be a problem with some.
Sorry about that - should be fixed now. The method I used to change the html into BBCode left in trailing quote marks that screwed the links up.
Alan Henness

There are three fundamental questions for anyone advocating Brexit:

1. What, precisely, are the significant and tangible benefits of leaving the EU?
2. What damage to the UK and its citizens is an acceptable price to pay for those benefits?
3. Which ruling of the ECJ is most persuasive of the need to leave its jurisdiction?

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Re: BHA expresses alarm as A level citizenship under threat

#4 Post by Altfish » February 16th, 2015, 2:58 pm

Alan H wrote:
Altfish wrote:Alan

I've just clicked on two links and have arrived at "This page is not available"; I've not tried all but there does seem to be a problem with some.
Sorry about that - should be fixed now. The method I used to change the html into BBCode left in trailing quote marks that screwed the links up.
Working now, thanks

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Re: BHA expresses alarm as A level citizenship under threat

#5 Post by stevenw888 » February 16th, 2015, 3:32 pm

Totally agree. Have signed petition.
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Re: BHA expresses alarm as A level citizenship under threat

#6 Post by Dave B » February 16th, 2015, 5:54 pm

Signed.

Said that kids need a riunded education without ideological biases.
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