Active Citizenship – New Educational Resources Tackling Drug Use in Young People

Today, Wednesday 28 April 2021, the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA), in collaboration with the Department of Justice and Cinemagic, has launched a newly commissioned version of the Active Citizenship film “Pushed”.

‘Pushed’ is part of CCEA’s Active Citizenship curriculum programme for post-primary schools, covering topical issues such as paramilitarism and lawfulness.  It explores the impact of drug pushing on young people and has been adapted from the original resource to take account of the current Covid restrictions. It includes a suite of lesson plans to support teaching and learning, alongside the development of resilience and decision-making skills.

Roisin Radcliffe, CCEA Programme Manager, Curriculum and Assessment, commented:

“CCEA are delighted to have been involved in the development of ‘Pushed’ and the accompanying educational resources.

We value the opportunity to promote the important role that lawfulness has to play in our communities and the wider society.”

To support the film, Cinemagic have produced accompanying online video teaching resources. Laura McCurdy, Project Executive, Cinemagic said:

“We are very proud of our three-year partnership to inspire educators and young people through the medium of film and drama. We have been able to nurture and showcase young talent and ensure that the resources and content produced are of a high educational quality and attractive for all stakeholders, thus illustrating the power and reach of creative arts as a learning tool.”

‘Pushed’ and the accompanying resource is accessible to view on the “Using film” section of CCEA’s Active Citizenship web area: www.ccea.org.uk/learning-resources/active-citizenship/using-film-and-drama