This section is here to help you get social action or active citizenship happening in your school. This ranges from resources to get your children and students engaged in being active citizens in their community to real life case studies and videos showing students actually having a positive impact on the lives of those around them.
‘Youth social action’ is defined as activities in which young people are supported to take ‘practical action in the service of others’ (Pye & Michelmore 2017).
The iwill campaign website has lots of reading on this area of work. https://www.iwill.org.uk/about-us/youth-social-action
Buckinghamshire’s linking has social action at its heart. Schools work with the Town Council and ‘Amersham in Bloom’ with consistently outstanding results. Pupils Georgia, Tyler and Jack said “Our experience of the project enabled us to meet new people and to develop our social skills. We learnt how to work well together in a team in outdoor activities, which also helped us to understand what is involved in some of the tasks that the Council undertakes. Lastly, and importantly, we made new friendships, had fun and enjoyed ourselves very much”.
The story of this Case Study began when we were working with Lapage Primary Schoool in Bradford to identify strengths and next steps for spiritual, moral, social and cultural development for the school and we noticed a quiet display in a corridor labelled Active Citizenship. On a closer read we realised that this three form entry primary school had created something remarkable. They have a strategy of engaging every single class in evry single year group in a specific age appropriate form of active citizenship ranging from Schools Linking in Year 4, helping with Bradford Cathedral Bells Project in Yera 5 and engaging in Intergenerational Linking in Early Years. We went back intot the school to disocover how this has been created – and this case study shares the story we found.
This video shares tells the story of Active Citizenship at Lapage Primary School, Bradford. We were able to arrange the filming of this work thanks to generous funding from the Pears #iwill fund who were excited to hear of the strategic approach to Active Citizenship and Social Action that had been developed.
Social Action Assemblies We have written two assemblies for Youth Social Action which you cna download and adapt for your school – one Primary and the other Secondary.