I spoke in a debate on Thursday on a citizenship programme in schools. You can read the speech here. I have long been an advocate of citizenship teaching in schools and was very pleased when it was made part of the national curriculum at key stages 3 and 4 in 2002 and that the present Government, after a review, have decided to maintain it as part of the curriculum. The problem, however, is that it is not adequately resourced. There is no incentive for schools to give it priority – it makes no contribution to the league tables – and, although some schools teach it well, some rely on teachers who are not trained in the subject to teach it. Having it badly taught may at times be worse than not having it taught at all.
There was clear support from all sides of the House for citizenship teaching, but the response from the minister was disappointing, offering nothing in terms of enhancing the teaching of the subject. This is another issue that will need to be pursued.