Education and Skills Committee

7 February 2006

Citizenship Education

In October 2005, the Education and Skills Committee held an initial oral evidence session on citizenship education. Following on from this, the Committee is now seeking written evidence.

The terms of reference are:

  • Teachers' and leaders' attitudes to citizenship education; workload implications.

  • Initial and in-service training.

  • Role of local authorities in supporting school staff.

  • Continuity of citizenship education between primary, 11-16 and post-compulsory stages.

  • Quality of citizenship education across the full range of schools, including faith schools.

  • Relationship between citizenship education and current debates about identity and Britishness.

  • Citizenship education's potential to contribute to community cohesion.

  • Implementation of 'active' aspects of curriculum - i.e. community involvement and involvement in the running of the school.

  • Design of citizenship curriculum and appropriateness of other DfES guidance.

  • Practice in other countries.

Submissions should arrive no later than Monday 27th March. Further oral evidence sessions are expected to take place in late spring. A guide for written submissions to the Committee may be found on the parliamentary website at:

A copy of the submission should be sent by e-mail to with an additional paper copy to:

Education and Skills Select Committee
House of Commons
7 Millbank
London  SW1P 3JA

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Information about the Education and Skills Committee

The Education and Skills Committee is one of the House's Select Committees related to government departments: its terms of reference are to examine "the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department for Education and Skills and its associated public bodies".  The Committee chooses its own subjects of inquiry, within the overall terms of reference.  It invites written evidence from interested parties and holds public evidence sessions, usually in committee rooms at the House of Commons, although it does have the power to meet away from Westminster.  At the end of each inquiry, the Committee will normally agree a Report based on the evidence received. Such Reports are published and made available on the Internet.  Copies are sent free to those who give oral evidence. Reports usually contain recommendations to the Government and other bodies.  The Government by convention responds to reports within about two months of publication.  These responses are also published.