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This article discusses the background to and deliberations of the Advisory Group on Education for Citizenship and the Teaching Democracy in Schools established by Secretary of State for Education and Employment David Blunkett. The final report of the Advisory Group was published in September 1998. The article discusses the Group's main recommendations. As regards implementation, the article identifies four challenges: curriculum reform, the relationship between schools and communities, the difficulties of citizen life in a globalised context, and the issue of individuals' participation in politics and society.

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Oxford Review of Education

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275 - 284