Select Committee on Education and Skills Second Report

1  Preface

1. The Committee began its inquiry into Citizenship Education in October 2005. We took evidence from a wide range of organisations and individuals involved in developing and implementing citizenship education programmes across a wide range of settings—including schools and further and higher education.

2. In the course of this inquiry, we took evidence from Professor Sir Bernard Crick; Ofsted; Keith Ajegbo, then Head teacher of Deptford Green School; Hampshire County Council; the then- Learning and Skills Development Agency (now Learning and Skills Network); the Citizenship Foundation; the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority; the Association for Citizenship Teaching; the Carnegie Young People's Initiative; School Councils UK; the National Youth Agency; the British Youth Council; the United Synagogue Agency for Jewish Education; the Church of England Board of Education; the Association of Muslim Schools UK; the Catholic Education Service; the Commission for Racial Equality; Professor Linda Colley; Professor David Conway; Dr Dina Kiwan; Lord Andrew Adonis, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills; Archbishop Vincent Nichols; the Muslim Council of Britain; the Jewish Free School, Brent; Grey Coat Hospital School, Westminster; Guru Nanak Sikh School, Hillingdon.

3. In the course of the inquiry we were very fortunate to be able to visit three schools: the Blue School in Wells, Nailsea Community School, and Gatton Primary School in Tooting. We learned a great deal from these visits, and would like to extend our thanks to our hosts. We are grateful for assistance with this inquiry from our Specialist Adviser, Professor Geoff Whitty, Director of the Institute of Education.

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