Stories of Good Practice
The following Stories of Good Practice demonstrate exemplary teaching practice in civics and citizenship education. Teachers at three schools discuss how they have tailored civics and citizenship programs to suit their school community and to maximise the benefits to students and teachers.
A series of short videos and accompanying professional development activities will assist you in evaluating and improving civics and citizenship education in your school, and to reflect on your own practice.
Brighton Primary School, South Australia
Brighton Primary School, South Australia is a long-term participant in civics and citizenship education. At Brighton ‘the whole school has a vision of embedding student voice throughout all levels of schooling’. The school’s civics and citizenship education scope and sequence document sees all students engaging in classroom-based civics and citizenship learning throughout their time at the school.
Narre Warren South P–12 College, Victoria
To 'build better people' and better citizens, Narre Warren South P–12 College, Victoria created a semester long program for a Year 12 Personal Development Studies course focusing on cultural diversity. It asks students to explore and celebrate the important civics and citizenship values of multiculturalism within their school community and consider their role as Australian and global citizens.
St Francis de Sales College, South Australia
To improve students’ civics literacy, three teachers from the Civics and Citizenship team at St Francis de Sales College, South Australia designed a semester-long civics and citizenship program for Year 8 students. This program, ‘Civics and Citizenship with State Government as a Focus’, was a trial for future development of a scope and sequence document for Years 7–9.
The content for St Francis de Sales College has been split into the following two sections:
- St Francis de Sales College, South Australia (A) covers the development of the civics and citizenship learning program.
- St Francis de Sales College, South Australia (B) concerns the role of the Student Representative Council in providing students with an opportunity to convert theory on citizenship into action.