Teaching the EU and Brexit with confidence
A series of free one day conferences for teachers in schools and colleges
A series of free CPD sessions for teachers in schools and colleges to help them improve or update their knowledge about the EU, get free resources and speak to their local MEPs. After the referendum of 23 June 2016 and the start of negotiations for the UK to exit the EU, we have focused also on how to explore the new situation, its risks and opportunities, by developing students' critical thinking.
13 October 2017 - London;
10 November 2017 - York;
17 November 2017 - Manchester;
24 November 2017 - Cambridge;
19 January 2018 - Bristol;
2 February 2018 - Liverpool;
2 March 2018 - Oxford;
20 April 2018 - Edinburgh;
11 May 2018 - London.
As the UK's exit from the EU is the subject of increasingly intense political debate and media scrutiny, we would like to draw your attention to the suite of free continuing professional development and teaching resources which we have been offering for a number of years.
We aim to provide teachers with a critical understanding of what the EU is and does and with practical ideas for teaching the EU with confidence.
The 2017-8 CPD days are organised by Active Citizens FE, a community interest company dedicated to supporting citizenship education.
We would point out that the courses are completely impartial and politically neutral.
The conferences include:
Session on the European and UK Parliaments
This session will look at the European and UK Parliaments in the context of the wider EU and the UK.
What is the role of the European Parliament? What are the links with the UK Parliament and devolved administrations?
Hear expert input about the progress of Brexit negotiations.
Session delivered by European Parliament and UK Parliament education outreach services
Resources and strategies for engagement and active learning
Get new resources and ideas for teaching the EU and Brexit in active ways. And how about sharing experiences and good practice with fellow professionals?
Work with specialised teacher trainers: this session is in collaboration with the Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT).
Meet an MEP
This is your chance to meet a Member of the European Parliament who represents your region. Find out the role of the European Parliament in the Brexit process, what Members do and how they can work with your school and students. You will be able to speak to them and ask them about their work and ask anything you want to know about the European Parliament.
Session delivered by one of your MEPs.
Teachers will be given free, politically neutral teaching resources about the European Parliament and the European Union focused on Key Stages 4 and 5. They will also be given information and teaching resources about the European Parliament and its relationships with the UK and devolved Parliaments.
In practical sessions with other teachers you can then discuss how best to use the resources at your school.
To spark creativity and innovation in your own lesson planning, we will offer examples of original materials and fresh approaches used successfully by other classroom teachers to teach about European institutions. We will invite Members of the European Parliament from all political parties in your region to meet the teachers and tell them of their work.
The CPD will be of value to teachers teaching history, geography or MFL as well as the obvious links to citizenship and politics.