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Five Nations Network News [Issue 3, March 2014]
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Welcome to the third issue of Five Nations Network News.  This issue focuses on the resources we have published from the 2013 conference on 'Citizenship and identities: political identity':
  • Films of speakers and presentations
  • Workshop resources
  • [NEW] Resources and ideas from the first Small-Scale Research Initiative Marketplace, including interviews with project leads
We are pleased to announce that the Five Nations Network has been accepted as a Council of Europe Regional Network.   The Network contributes to the objectives and principles of the Council of Europe Charter on Education for Democratic Citizenship and Human Rights.  

We are also delighted that The MacRobert Trust will be providing funding to support the Five Nations programme from 2014.

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

Kind regards,

Deepa and Liz
ACT Five Nations Programme Team
Citizenship and identities: political identity
Educators from the five nations gathered in Edinburgh in December 2013 for the 14th annual conference, which was themed around the topic of citizenship and political identity. Materials including videos, workshops presentations and PowerPoints are now online. Highlights are captured below.
Speakers and Presentations
'Exploring multiple and political identities in a diverse society.' Watch the well-received keynote by Dr Rowena Arshad OBE, Head of Moray House School of Education and Co-Director of Centre for Education for Racial Equality Scotland.

@JamieACooke: Excellent speech from Rowena Arshad @MorayHouseHoS - my brain is full of ideas, questions and challenges about identity #5NN
Workshop resources

A series of five interactive workshops offered practical ways of addressing the topic within classroom and community contexts:
  • Negotiating individual and collective Identities across Europe through the lens of visual art
  • ‘Discovering and deconstructing identities through place-based education’.
  • ‘Life in the UK’ - a journey to citizenship. Would you pass the test?
  • Negotiating political identity
  • Young people, democracy and citizenship 
A further workshops was provided for all participants by the Outreach and Education team at Scottish Parliament, who co-hosted part of the conference:

What strategies can we use to engage and educate young people about politics and parliament?
  1. Making Laws
  2. Health Committee - Minimum Pricing
  3. Young People and Voting – does it matter?
Check out the workshop resources
'Setting the scene.' Liz Moorse, Senior Manager for ACT, provided introduced the conference theme by providing a conceptual framework for exploring political identity.

'In search of political identity'. Dr Alan Britton, of University of Glasgow and joint Country Lead for Scotland, closed the conference and looked at next steps, within nations and across the Network.
"Practical ideas for use back in the classroom." Teacher, England

"Loved the approach and the model shared." Teacher, Ireland

Small-Scale Research Initiative Marketplace

Inter-country collaboration through Small-Scale Research Initiatives (SSRIs) is an important and growing aspect of the Network. The SSRI marketplace gave participants the opportunity to learn about the some of the current initiatives through poster presentations, share research ideas and search for cross-border partners.
Go to our website for resources and inspiration:
  • Watch short interviews with project leads explaining how they found cross-border partners, what they are/were trying to achieve, the actions involved and the key outcomes of the initiatives (so far)
  • View poster presentations from the four marketplace contributors
  • Explore ideas for initiatives generated during the marketplace
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