18 June 2020 Share
A group of people who believe that information literacy for every child could help change things for the better have set up this call.
Would you like to add your name to a call for information literacy (IL) to be recognised as a key pillar of the school education system? If so, please consider signing the statement here and help to influence the future shape of the curriculum.
IL is the ability to think critically and make balanced judgements about any information we find and use. It empowers us as citizens to develop informed views and to engage fully with society. It is closely aligned with similar and overlapping concepts, such as media literacy, digital literacy, news literacy and critical literacy.
While the need for IL has been widely recognised by stakeholders across the UK education sectors, as well as by employers and representatives of civil society, such recognition has not yet led to anything approaching a coherent strategy or programme of IL education. The statement therefore calls for the development of school education policies and practices that foster inquisitiveness, informed, inquiry-led learning and critical thinking. IL is an integral part of this desired outcome. It is recognised that the school curriculum is not about to change quickly. It is understood too that the huge disruptions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic mean that educationalists and teachers have their hands more than full right now. But we are living through a time of disruption, and perhaps this is the moment to start reflecting anew on the fundamentals of what we expect from school education.
This is an initiative set up by Stephane (InformAll) Jane Secker (Jane Secker Consulting), Graham Gardner (Librarian, Abingdon School) and Sarah Pavey (SP4IL). Organisations already on board include Wikimedia (UK); Association of Citizenship Teachers (ACT); Inspire Citizens; Association for Learning Technology; Open University and people such as Julian McDougall, the Media Literacy guru.