MICHAEL GRIMES: Citizenship is likely to come
off the National Curriculum; or rather, it won’t have a programme of study any longer,
it’ll be on the BAsic Curriculum. What do you think the implications of that are for
young people and for democracy? ALISON SEABECK: I think it’s a great shame.
In part because we’ve seen in my constituency in Plymouth considerably growing interest
in young people in schools – from primary through to secondary – in the whole citizenship
agenda. It does vary a little bit from school to school and I worry if it comes of the National
Curriculum that some schools will be less enthusiastic than others in terms of making
sure that some of the ideas that are currently being used are taken forward. And we want
young people to engage in politics.