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Being an active citizen in society is a vital component of our GCSE Citizenship curriculum and current practice is very much in line with the six principals that define great social action. Social action is already taking place in the classroom up and down the country with our qualifications being available to all centres in England with approximately 10,000 students currently undertaking a programme of social action as part of their GCSE in Citizenship (full or short course) and we aim to strengthen and support this process by:

  • Share and promote evidence of good practice undertaken within schools.
  • Promotion of social action through our GCSE qualification in citizenship and supporting resources.

This year we have developed and delivered INSET opportunities to centres across the country, sharing the good practice we see yearly in schools taking our GCSE Citizenship qualification. I feel fortunate to have been invited to many centres to support their progress this year with a focus on the action projects they have undertaken. This has enabled us to share good practice and promote social action across the country in our centres, both existing and new.

In addition, we have spent much of 2015 developing a new GCSE (9-1) qualification in Citizenship Studies, with social action very much at the heart of its ideals. We took the opportunity to highlight the many ways teachers and learners can deliver our course through the power of social action and future resources and support will very much focus on how that can be achieved in a practical sense.


Quote from Charlotte Hill, CEO at Step Up To Serve
“The #iwill campaign is driven by leaders from across society who are committed to making youth social action a normal part of growing up in the UK.
We know that young people want to play an active part in improving their communities, and that in doing so, they develop their own skills for work and life.
Over 350 cross-sector organisations so far have pledged to support youth social action, and say #iwill. What will you do?”