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Five Nations Network News [Issue 6, December 2015]
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This special issue of our e-news brings you materials and resources from the lively 2015 conference on 'Citizenship and Identity: The role and identities of teachers of citizenship in a time of change'.
  • Films of keynote speakers
  • Seminar and workshop resources
  • Aims, actions and outcomes of six Five Nations Development Projects (FNDPs)
We are also pleased to announce that there is funding available for five further FNDPs for 2016.

If you have any questions, please do get in contact.

Kind regards,

Deepa and Liz
ACT Five Nations Programme Team
Citizenship and Identity: The role and identities of teachers of citizenship in a time of change
Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff, Wales
 7-8 November 2015
Wales' group - outcomes of guided discussions
This conference was the third of three around the theme of citizenship and identities. The programme included a mix of intellectual and practical inputs through keynotes, discussion sessions, seminars and workshops. Materials and resources from these sessions have been published on our website and are included below.
“Reminds me of the reason I went into teaching – to equip students to think critically, challenge the status quo and change the world. Revitalised me and focuses me for the coming weeks and months... Thanks so much!”
Teacher, Glenlola Collegiate School, N. Ireland
Keynote Speakers
Citizenship Education and Inspection
Watch the opening keynote by Ann Keane, former Chief Inspector of Schools in Wales.
Please note that there were some sound issues during the recording.
Who is the citizenship educator?
Watch the second keynote by Jamie Kelsey-Fry, teacher and grassroots activist.

Please note that there is some mild swearing in the film.
Seminar Resources

A series of five seminars and workshops were provided from participants across the five nations: 
Photos from Northern Ireland Assembly
  • Hypocrite or Hero? Thinking about the relationship between being a citizen and teaching citizenship.​
  • Exploring migration through portraiture
  • Teaching Controversial Issues in Challenging Times
  • Against the Grain: Engaging citizenship in challenging circumstances.
  • Citizenship Across the Nations
Check out the seminar and workshop resources on our website.
Five Nations Development Projects (FNDPs)
Six short, focused development projects were funded in advance of the conference to allow teachers in schools to take forward a range of citizenship and values education projects. The six teachers attended the conference and shared their findings through poster presentations.

Find out more about their aims, actions and outcomes
Five Nations Development Projects 2016 - applications open

We are pleased to announce that there is funding available for five further FNDPs for 2016.

Projects will need to be completed by October 2016 so that project leads can attend and are ready to contribute to the 2016 Conference. Download the application form and return it to Deepa Shah by 5.00pm, 8 February 2016.
A participant tweeting
Throughout the conference, participants used Twitter. By using the hashtag #5NN, a collaborative running commentary on events emerged, allowing conference attendees to share their thoughts and discuss the topics of the moment with others. @FiveNationsNet @5NNWal | @5NNScot | ​@5NNEng | 
@5NNIre | @5NN_NI
"The conference has increased my knowledge and indeed confidence of teaching citizenship. I learned a lot about myself and how to approach teaching citizenship... I look forward to implementing some of the excellent ideas and practice that were discussed..."
Student Teacher (Modern Studies),
University of Glasgow, Scotland
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