Five Nations Network News [Issue 4, October 2014]
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Five Nations Network News

Welcome to the fourth issue of Five Nations Network News. It has been a busy year for the programme. We have:
  • published the Five Nations Network Annual Report 2013-14
  • commissioned an evaluative review of the Small-scale Research Initiative process
  • furthered plans for regional networks
  • developed the second of three conferences themed around Citizenship and Identity
We are also happy to have welcomed Dominic Miles to the role of joint Country Lead for Wales.

If you have any questions, we would be happy to hear from you.

Kind regards,

Deepa and Liz
ACT Five Nations Programme Team
This report highlights the key areas of activity, achievements and impact within the  programme from April 2013 to March 2014 and includes:
  1. Annual Conference: 'Citizenship and identities: political identity', Edinburgh, Scotland, 2013
  2. Small-scale Research Initiatives 
  3. Network management and communications including the role of the Strategy Group and ACT
  4. A look forward to 2014-15
Further information, materials and videos of network activities can be found online
Small-scale Research Initiatives (SSRIs)
Regional Networks: Feasibility Studies

The Five Nations Network successfully brings together those involved in citizenship and values education from across the five nations, with the annual conferences, web-based developments and SSRI scheme all contributing to transnational dialogue and collaboration.

The desire for inter-conference activity and improved in-country partnership working has been expressed over the years, yet developing and maintaining dialogue and activity within the constituent countries and between conferences has proved to be a challenge.

Country leads and others in Ireland and Wales are to carry out feasibility studies to establish whether, with an appropriate level of central funding, coherent and nationally recognised ‘regional’ networks could or should be established for such collaborative activity, and what level of activity would be deemed appropriate.
The study in Ireland will start with a survey. If you would like to participate, but are not on the CEN (Citizenship Education Network) mailing list, please email Mary Gannon, joint Country Lead for Ireland.
"...a great opportunity to identify the needs and bring together the diverse networks working in citizenship education in Wales." 
Liz Thomas and Dominic Miles, joint Country Leads for Wales
Small-scale Research Initiatives (SSRIs)
An Evaluative Review

The Five Nations Network began the SSRI programme, funded by the Gordon Cook Foundation, five years ago.  The programme is now administered by the ACT and overseen by the Five Nations Network Strategy Group.

Earlier this year, we commissioned a small evaluative review of the programme to investigate the experience of project leads in initiating and delivering SSRIs, to find out what new knowledge has developed, how the impact of SSRIs can be measured and evaluated, what the barriers to new projects establishing are and what more might be done to increase the number of viable applications each year. The Strategy Group will be considering the findings later in the year. Thank you to everyone who contributed. 

Further information on the SSRI programme can be found online
Small-scale Research Initiatives (SSRIs)
New and Completed Projects

Following the SSRI marketplace at the 2013 conference, two new linked projects were approved for funding. The projects are underway and will connect at key points in the process.
Six projects have completed in the last year. A summary of their aims, actions and outcomes, along with resources, are being prepared and will be added to the website in due course.

Enabling Student Voice in the Classroom, a project between Ireland and Northern Ireland, has produced a toolkit for teachers, which will be launched at the upcoming 2014 conference.
Five Nations Network Annual Conference 2014

The upcoming conference is the second of three conferences around the theme of citizenship and identities. This year the focus is on socio-economic inequality, political identity and participation.

The broad aims of this conference are to:
  • bring together from across the five nations policy makers, practitioners and other stakeholders with an interest in citizenship and values education
  • explore, discuss and debate the relationship between socio-economic inequality, political identity and political participation
  • encourage new thinking and learning about citizenship and identities and promote dialogue across country partnerships
  • explore the use of different pedagogies including digital technologies as effective teaching tools for teaching citizenship and identities 
  • reflect on the Five Nations Network and its future development.
During the conference on 28-29 November we will tweet from the @FiveNationsNet account and will use the hashtag #5NN.
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