The Rule of Law for Citizenship Education is the Bingham Centre's headline programme. It is a public legal education initiative that empowers young citizens to challenge violations of their rights and to resolve disputes. Since 2014, we have provided high-quality, accessible resources to over two hundred secondary schools across the United Kingdom, enhancing the legal capability of over 10,000 young people. We collaborate with other organisations to improve the quality of our work. We have been awarded with quality marks from the Association for Citizenship Teaching and the Citizenship Foundation for our resources and our Research Fellow advises the Solicitor General as a member of his panel on Public Legal Education.
We ran a pilot programme for the first set of resources we produced between September 2014 and July 2015. This was independently evaluated and students reported increased capacity for:
- Understanding the justice system (97%)
- Seeing the relevance of legal matters to daily life (85%)
- Empathising with those of an opposed view (73%)
- Articulating their own perspective (67%)
We have implemented the feedback from that programme into our latest textbook and would like to share our resources with as many schools as possible to aid you in creating empowered, active students. The programme is free and open to all educators at secondary level (11-18) that seek to give their students a thorough background in politics, the law and active citizenship. To join the programme click through to our sign up page here.
We are thankful for the support that the project has received from the Legal Education Foundation, Lexis Nexis, the Magna Carta Trust, Travers Smith LLP and Mishcon de Reya LLP. The programme has received input from a substantial number of education sector professionals over the course of its four years of operation and a list of our advisors can be found here.
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