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Five Nations Network News [Issue 5, January 2015]
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Happy New Year! This special issue of our e-news brings you materials and resources from the lively 2014 conference on 'Citizenship and Identity: socio-economic inequality, political identity and participation'.
  • Films of keynote speakers
  • Seminar resources
  • Recommended readings
  • Conference blogs by participants across the five nations
If you have any questions, please do get in contact.

Kind regards,

Deepa and Liz
ACT Five Nations Programme Team
Citizenship and Identity:
socio-economic inequality, political identity and participation

Europa Hotel and Parliament Buildings, Belfast
 28-29 November 2014
Wales' group - outcomes of guided discussions
This conference was the second 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.

"I found it refreshing to be able to network with policy makers, practitioners and other stakeholders with an interest in citizenship and values education. This diverse range of people really helped to generate interesting discussions about socio-economic inequality, political identity and participation."
Alice Bigge, Head of KS3 Citizenship and PSHE,
Worle Community School, England
Keynote Speakers
Peter Shirlow image
'What is socio-economic inequality? Some implications for political identity and participation.' Watch the opening keynote by Professor Pete Shirlow, Deputy Director of the Institute for Conflict Transformation and Social Justice at Queen’s University Belfast.
Tony Gallagher image
What are the consequences of socio-economic inequality and how can Citizenship education respond? Watch the second keynote by Professor Tony Gallagher, Pro-Vice Chancellor at Queen's University Belfast and a leading educationalist.
Seminar Resources

A series of five seminars and workshops were provided from participants across the five nations: 
  • Social inequalities and political engagement: How schools can respond 
  • Palimpsest - debunking the myth of a single identity
  • Vicious and virtuous circles: how do we bridge the gap between young people and politics?
  • Teaching about Political identity and Equality in schools – Classroom methodologies and whole school approaches
  • Identity of Gypsy Travellers and the Impact of Citizenship Education
Further seminars were provided by the Education Service at the Northern Ireland Assembly, who co-hosted part of the conference.
Photos from Northern Ireland Assembly
1. Teaching Citizenship in a Divided Society?

(i) The work of the Assembly Education Service – addressing issues around identity in a unique political context 


(ii) How do Teachers' Social Memory and their Everyday Lives Affect Classroom Practice?: Implications for Citizenship Education in Divided Societies

2. How does Social and Economic Identity Influence Political Representation?

3. Identity, digital platforms and participation
Check out the seminar resources and pre-conference preparatory materials recommended by session leaders.
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
Participants from each nation have since written about their experiences and thoughts in a series of Five Nations Network blogs and elsewhere.

If you are interested in writing a blog on the theme of Citizenship and Identity,
contact us.
"As usual, the shared coffees, lunches and dinners were the cement of the whole weekend, allowing socialising, mingling and networking of mutual benefit. The conversations on these occasions epitomise for me the value of the whole Five Nations’ raison d’etre."
Stephen Jenkins, Head of Politics and Citizenship,
Dominican College, Northern Ireland
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