Teachers that sign up to deliver our KS4 education programme receive 'The Rule of Law for Citizenship Education: International Law and Human Rights', a textbook containing five lessons, student worksheets, explanatory teaching notes, learning objectives (with outcomes), activities to develop specific transferable skills and videos. These can be delivered over a time period of the school's choice.
Each lesson introduces a different right, responsibility or element of democracy and justice through a rule of law lens, designed to enhance student understanding of the law and justice content of the KS4 citizenship curriculum. These include:
- Concepts and principles
- Equality before the law and abuse of power
- Certainty and clarity of the law
- Access to justice and fair trial
- Course plenary (terrorism and human rights)
In this video, BIICL Director Professor Robert McCorquodale introduces the first book's first lesson on international law and human rights. He discusses the aims and scope of international law and explores some of the challenges faced in trying to ensure that states respect their legal obligations.
We will be running a light-touch pilot programme for a small number of schools this academic year (2017/2018)
to improve the quality of our resources internally whilst aiding the education community in understanding how best to teach young people about the law. To find out more, visit the pilot page here!
This pilot programme is part of a continuous exercise of reflective improvement for the Centre. The book was peer-reviewed in December 2016 by the Citizenship Foundation and was awarded the SmartLaw Quality Mark for exceptional public legal education resources.