Citizens' Curriculum

Citizens' Curriculum

Taking a Citizens' Curriculum approach ensures all individuals have the core set of skills they need for the 21st Century, including English, maths, ESOL, digital, civic, health and financial capabilities. We are committed to widening access to these skills, particularly amongst under-represented groups in society, as well as improving the range and quality of provision available to all adults. These interrelated skills, which underpin lifelong learning, can be made more accessible by being contextualised and developed as an integrated curriculum offer or framework. You can read our related blogs here.

The development of a Citizens' Curriculum framework is being taken forward by pilots across a range of organisations including colleges, local authorities and charities. The pilots are tapping into what motivates adults to learn, ensuring that more people are learning skills which are relevant to their lives, their needs and their work. Particular areas of focus include provision for homeless / vulnerably housed adults, offenders, ex-offenders, migrants, families and disadvantaged young adults. The pilots are already providing insight into methods of adopting a Citizens’ Curriculum approach, how effective the approach is in engaging disadvantaged learners, the impact on learners and providers, and key success factors for both the learner and the provider.

The thirteen participating pilots which took part in phase one are: St Mungo’s Broadway, Ashley Housing, English for Action, Leicester College, Women in Prisons, Tomorrow's Women Wirral, Milton Keynes College (HMP Ranby), The Manchester College (HMP Deerbolt, HMP New Hall, HMP Blantyre) Outsource Training, Rochdale Borough Council, Bradford City Council, Birmingham City Council, Manton Children’s Centre.

Phase two of the Citizens' Curriculum is underway with the following pilots: City of London Corporation, Derby Adult Learning Service, English for Action, Learn Devon, learndirect, Leicester College, Manchester College, Nottinghamshire County Council, Rochdale borough Council, Royal British Legion Industries, St Mungo’s Broadway, Tomorrow’s Women Wirral and Workplace Learning Advocates.


Listen to English for Action discussing the benefits of being involved in the Citizens' Curriculum learning approach:  

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