The TES is reporting that 37 headteachers, academics and educationists have written an open letter to the new education secretary, calling for a renewed commitment to citizenship lessons in post-Brexit Britain.
The letter, dated Wednesday 27 July, argues that RE and personal, social and health education (PSHE) are being squeezed out of the curriculum by the demands of core academic subjects.
It states: “The referendum has raised deep questions about identity and belonging for many young people, for which an increasingly narrow academic curriculum has left them ill-equipped.
“In addition to acquiring knowledge, young people need to successfully develop conflict-resolution, decision-making skills, self-regulation, self-respect, negotiation and respect for those with different beliefs and values.”
The letter notes that RE and citizenship often allow space for pupils to express their concerns, and for those concerns to be addressed.
“Now is the time to commit to a renewed conversation about our shared national values, ensuring that young people’s voices are heard.”
Do you agree with the points raised in the letter? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie
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