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The heritage of the past is the hope for the future

If the 800 years since Magna Carta have taught us anything, it is that when the lessons of history are learned by the young, then the mistakes of history are less likely to be repeated.

The 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta will provide an enormous opportunity for seeking active engagement from schools across the globe in the areas of history, citizenship and democracy. The last significant anniversary (in 1962) was well before the dawning of the internet and therefore was unable to benefit from the enormous possibilities that its global reach now provides. Students the world over can now have instant access to the very best in learning and digital imaging. Resources can be published, shared, discussed and accessed by classrooms from Canterbury to California.

In July 2013, the Department for Education published a framework document for the National Curriculum in England. The teaching of Magna Carta is relevant in both the citizenship and history parts of the National Curriculum. In history, Magna Carta is specifically mentioned in Key Stage 3; in citizenship, the principles promoted by Magna Carta are relevant to both Key Stage 3 and 4. For more information, click here.

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Magna Carta Biographies

Junior Lawyers in Schools

Magna Carta Competitions

Magna Carta Books

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