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Citizen Schools: Learning to rebuild democracy

Citizen Schools: Learning to rebuild democracy

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A 'Citizen School' is a school that explicitly creates a democratic culture through its role as a civic institution. This report makes the case for broadening the purpose of schools to include this fostering role, and for understanding that this may in fact enhance academic or vocational purposes.
A 'Citizen School' is a school that explicitly creates a democratic culture through its role as a civic institution. This report makes the case for broadening the purpose of schools to include this fostering role, and for understanding that this may in fact enhance academic or vocational purposes.

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Published by: Joaquín Vicente Ramos Rodríguez on Sep 06, 2013
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Institute for Public Policy Research
Jamie Audsley (Cloresocial fellow), Clyde Chitty,Jim O’Connell, DavidWatson and Jane Wills
September 2013© IPPR 2013
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 about iPPr
IPPR, the Institute for Public Policy Research, is the UK’s leadingprogressive thinktank. We are an independent charitableorganisation with more than 40 staff members, paid interns andvisiting fellows. Our main ofce is in London, with IPPR North,IPPR’s dedicated thinktank for the North of England, operating outof ofces in Newcastle and Manchester. The purpose of our work is to assist all those who want to create asociety where every citizen lives a decent and fullled life, inreciprocal relationships with the people they care about. We believethat a society of this sort cannot be legislated for or guaranteed bythe state. And it certainly won’t be achieved by markets alone. Itrequires people to act together and take responsibility forthemselves and each other.IPPR4th Floor14 Buckingham StreetLondon WC2N 6DF T: +44 (0)20 7470 6100E: info@ippr.orgwww.ippr.orgRegistered charity no. 800065 This paper was rst published in September 2013. © 2013 The contents and opinions in this paper are the author(s) only.
 about the authors
Jamie Audsley
is a Clore social fellow. He is working at Pearson UK to support the development of students’ skills for work. Hehas taught geography, been a community organiser, and worked to improve the quality of youth clubs.
Clyde Chitty
is an education academic and author. He was professor of policy and management in education at Goldsmiths,University of London, and principal of Earl Shilton Community College in Leicestershire.
Jim ’Connell
is a philosophy teacher at Havering Sixth Form College and a trained community organiser.
David Watson
is working in the social sector and government to improve education.
Jane Wills
is professor of human geography at Queen Mary, University of London. Her research focuses on labour, localismand community organising.
 acknowLedgments
 This research report is published as part of Jamie Audsley’s Clore Social Fellowship. The purpose of the research is to helpdevelop fellows’ skills as critical users of research, and to help develop the evidence base for the sector as a whole. Theresearch focus, methodology and output are all chosen by the fellow. Jamie Audsley undertook his research as a visiting fellowat Queen Mary, University of London, where he worked with Professor Jane Wills to lead a collaborative research project withthe report’s co-authors and the schools in which the primary research was undertaken. Thanks to each of our key school contacts, without whose dedication to this area of education and support for our work thisresearch would not have been possible: Jon Mason, citizenship coordinator at Nower Hill High School; Kate Draper, trustsecretary at St Clere’s School; Fiona Carney, director of partnerships at RSA Academy Tipton; and Simon Jones, head of activecitizenship at Prendergast Ladywell Fields College. Our thanks also go to the students, staff, parents, governors and communityleaders who gave their time during the research. Thanks also to Rick Muir, Jonathan Clifton and Nick Pearce at IPPR for their support and excellent comments.We much appreciate the support given by the RSA, the Co-operative College, Citizens UK and the Institute of Education.We are also grateful to those who encouraged, commented, and were our rst readers: Melissa Benn, Lise Butler, Philip Cook, Anna Davies, Siobhan Edwards, Rosie Ferguson, Michael Fielding, Becky Francis, Tony Gallagher, Alexandria Hicks, Dame MaryMarsh, Joel Mullan, Katy Minshall, Peter Mortimore, Campbell Robb, Vivienne Rush, Ralph Scott, Chris Waller, Nick Wilkie.
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