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PSA Teachers' E-Newsletter: November 2017

Dear Colleagues,

In this short newsletter we give you news of:  

- A New PSA Teaching Prize

- PSA Teachers' Network Grants 

- Generation Right Video on Thatcher 

NEW PSA Teachers' Award!

The Outstanding Teaching of Politics in Schools Prize is a new award celebrating innovation and excellence in teaching politics and citizenship in secondary education. We are looking for educators who showcase teaching practices that actively engage students and develop their knowledge of politics; who demonstrate innovative approaches to teaching any aspect of the politics and/or citizenship curriculum; and who actively disseminate and share teaching practices with colleagues and the PSA Teachers’ Network.

Nominations can be submitted by self-nomination or by any PSA member. A nomination form can be found on our Prizes page along with more information in our Prizes Handbook.

Nominations should be submitted to nominations@psa.ac.uk by the deadline of midday on December 1st 2017.

New Grants for PSA Teacher Members

The PSA is now offering a termly grant of up to £500 for PSA teachers to organise and run an event in their local area.

The PSA hopes that this grant system will give PSA teacher members the opportunity to organise activities to benefit their pedagogy and their students’ education as well as support the PSA’s aim to develop membership, outreach and activities across the regions and nations of the UK.

Please let me know if you interested in applying via: josh.niderost@psa.ac.uk.

Generation Right Video

Generation Right examines the impact of Thatcherism on crime in the UK and is based upon the work of Stephen Farrall, Professor of Criminology at the Faculty’s School of Law, University of Sheffield. 

The video can be viewed here

Mixing archive footage and interviews with political figures, such as Michael Howard, Douglas Hurd and David Blunkett, the film observes the moment when a climate of ‘opportunity and enterprise’ became the driving forces of society and its legacy on Britain today.

The documentary was made as part of Professor Farrall’s research project on the ‘Long Term Trajectories of Crime in the UK’ funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. The 41-minute film, directed by Michelle Coomber and produced by Medina Films, is a key output from the two-year research project.

Professor Farrall said: “It is becoming clearer that the further we get from the 1980s, the more we need to revisit some of the key decisions taken during that period to understand the journey the UK has taken since. The film explores the consequences of some of the key ‘Thatcherite’ policies of the 1980s.

“As a research team, we wanted to find a new way to engage with members of the public - and a film is a perfect way of doing this using the rich archive material which exists. We really can’t wait to learn what others think and feel about the story we have to tell.”

Stephen Farrall is working on a video specifically for A level students and would therefore appreciate your views on his latest video.  

New Book by Professor Matt Flinders

FREE extract - 'The smart fork and the crowding out of thought' - available to download at http://policypress.co.uk/what-kind-of-democracy-is-this

News from Covi

Common Vision (CoVi) is an independent, not-for-profit think tank. We curate and develop research and discussion which aligns the behaviours, expectations and values of the millennials with long-term intergenerational goals around the common good. We use creative and crowdsourced methods to promote civic engagement beyond a politically active minority.

2018 Event Competition - We've now hosted a series of workshops for young people around the country and one thing is clear: most younger people think public engagement on Brexit has been limited and often uninspiring. That's why we have just launched a competition for young people to pitch us their “dream event” on Brexit - and we will work with them to make it a reality in 2018. Please spread the word!

The next round of our Brexit Watch bureau recruitment is now open. The bureau is a network of millennial commentators, analysts and creatives aged under-35. This time last year we received over 200 nominations in just a few weeks - now we are hoping to recruit even more young people - particularly from outside London. Nominate someone here.

Examiner Opportunities at Pearson

Pearson currently have exciting opportunities for qualified teachers to join their Assessment Associate Team, as Examiners for their GCE A Level Government and Politics qualification.

If you have any queries regarding the role, please contact the AA Recruitment team on aaresourcing@pearson.com. For more information about Examiner opportunities at Pearson please click here.

News from the PSA Blog

The PSA Blog features contemporary content from academic members of the PSA in response to news or fresh research findings. 

Cherry Miller (Birmingham) examines the recent sexual harassment scandal in: Beneath the spectacle: Challenging Sexual Harassment at the UK Parliament.

Matthew Burton (Bristol) writes: The events of the last few weeks show the weakness of the Ministerial Code.

& Andrew Dowling (Cardiff) looks further afield in: GUBU returns: Spain’s Catalan question

Keeping up-to-date with the PSA schools' initiatives

Follow the PSA on Twitter or search for the #PSAschools hashtag for real time updates on all our schools' activities, news and campaigns.

As a PSA Teacher Member you have full access to the Schools’ Area of the PSA website.  Here you can find all the latest information about the following initiatives we offer to schools:

•         Free Seminars for Schools programme
•         Free professional development resources
•         Free subscriptions to leading publications, including Political Insight
•         Priority registration to PSA schools' events
•         Priority registration for student career workshops

Keeping In Touch...

Don't forget, members can access the Teachers' e-News archive online here.

We're always keen to hear from you, so please keep in touch or let the PSA know how we can serve you better. If you feel any colleagues would be interested in this e-Newsletter, please forward them a copy.

With very best wishes,

Josh Niderost

Programme Development and Outreach Officer

020 7321 2545
PSA Head Office, 113a Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 6HJ.