IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


What can schools do to address the social gap in political engagement?

13 June 2022, 3:45 pm–7:30 pm

Secondary school students walking through a corridor. Photo by Phil Meech for IOE.

A symposium addressing social inequality in political engagement and the role that schools and citizenship education can play in reducing this inequality.

This event is free.

Event Information

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Germ Janmaat


Room 804
20 Bedford Way
United Kingdom

Citizenship education teachers, representatives of NGOs and academics will debate this question in a panel discussion.

There will be a reception from 6:30 to 7:30pm.

The event is jointly organised by the Association for Citizenship Teaching, the University of Roehampton and IOE. It is funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

It will be particularly useful for those interested in citizenship education and social inequality in political participation.

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About the Speakers

Professor Bryony Hoskins

Professor of Comparative Social Science at Roehampton University

Bryony is an internationally renowned expert on political socialisation specialising in political engagement across Europe and the Middle East.

Professor Leah Bassel

Professor of Sociology at Roehampton University

Leah’s research interests include the political sociology of migration, intersectionality and citizenship. She has explored these topics in England, Scotland, France and Canada.

Professor Jan Germen Janmaat

Professor of Political Socialisation at IOE

Jan Germen is interested in the role that education, broadly conceived, can play in fostering civic values and behaviours.

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Rebecca Earnshaw

CEO at Voice 21

Rebecca is especially interested in oracy policy and partnership opportunities.

Maggie Browning

Councillor at Borough of Southwark

Maggie is a secondary school teacher and Labour councillor. She taught Citizenship and Politics in London schools from 2013. She is currently taking a break from the classroom to complete a masters in education policy at IOE. She is passionate about supporting young people to be politically active and engaged in the democratic process.

Christopher Champion

Teacher of Spanish, French and Personal, social and health education (PSHE) at Harris Invictus Academy Croydon

Christopher's expertise at work is in languages but also in Religious Studies as he holds an undergraduate degree in it. He teaches Citizenship as part of the school's weekly Personal, social, health and citizenship education (PSHRE) program.

Liz Moorse

Chief Executive at Association for Citizenship Teaching (ACT)

Liz has over 20 years of experience of working on national education policy in England and implementing Citizenship and democracy education in schools across the UK.