How an original idea can enhance citizenship learning A demonstration of how an engaging idea can enhance citizenship learning. In this case, a class of Year 7 pupils find out about what makes a good community.

Jamie Elliott, Citizenship co-ordinator at Deincourt School in Chesterfield, which was rated as excellent by Ofsted in the subject, sets up a role play scenario. The class is put in the situation of being stranded on a desert island to help engage his class with the theme. A series of interactive stages sees the groups focus on skills such as ranking priorities, choosing a leader and establishing rules. The activity is designed to teach pupils the skills needed to be a positive member of a community by experiencing them first hand and to understand the importance of effective decision-making

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