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As the government prepares to publish plans for curriculum reform, campaigners fighting to protect citizenship education are holding their breath.

“Every young person has the human right to learn about their human rights – where is the opportunity for that on the curriculum if citizenship loses its statutory status?”

This is the message from campaigners to the government as they continue their fight to safeguard the future of citizenship education within the national curriculum.

The campaign is being headed by Democratic Life, a coalition of organisations committed to citizenship, and was launched in the aftermath of education minister Michael Gove’s announcement last year that the secondary curriculum was to be reviewed.

Campaigners fear that citizenship could be dropped in the shake-up, as the minister has previously said that he wants to slim down the curriculum and give it a more academic focus. Launching the review last year, Mr Gove would not be drawn on the future of individual subjects.

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