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23 April 2012
Save Citizenship Education Last week I had the pleasure of spending a morning at St Matthew Academy in Blackheath to lend my support to their Save Citizenship Education campaign.

In response to the Department for Education’s review of the national curriculum, the school have coordinated the campaign to urge Michael Gove not to demote citizenship as a non-compulsory subject.

I have been a supporter of citizenship education throughout my time as an MP, and signed an Early Day Motion on the topic back in 2010. This week I wrote to Mr Gove on behalf of St Matthew’s highlighting the benefits of studying the subject. I enclosed St Matthew’s 1500 signature strong petition collected from people across Lewisham and London and 80 handwritten letters of pupil’s own experiences of citizenship education.

I strongly believe that compulsory political, legal and economic literacy is essential in a participatory democracy. I also find it striking that Mr Cameron is so insistent on citizenship education for those coming to the UK, yet is happy for our own children to not have to study how our system works.

I look forward to Mr Gove’s response to St Matthew’s impressive campaign and will be closely watching the result of the ongoing review to our national curriculum.

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