Run your own General Election

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By Huw Thomasheadteacher and writer

In the run up to the General Election, why not run your own ‘election’ in school?

Teaching children about the workings of democracy is not only important in terms of equipping them to be active citizens of the future, but also offers various learning opportunities. While your children form ‘parties’ and plan their campaigns, work can be done that makes links with subjects such as literacy, numeracy, ICT, art and more. Children’s teamworking skills will also be developed during the process, as will their powers of persuasion!

Downing Street sign

To run an election you will need:

  1. The three Ps
  2. Campaigns
  3. Polling day
  4. The result

The three Ps

1. Parties: You’ll need to gather your ‘parties’ and, as a staff team, decide if this will take up lesson time and be done among class groups or involve lunchtime volunteers.

Don’t use real parties. Inventing parties saves contention and enables children to make up the names. These should say something about what a group think the main aim of politics is, so go for big words: hope, liberty, democracy, and so on.

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  1. Sidders
    on 5 May 2010

    Great Ideas!

    Great ideas! Just the thing to get the kids away from SATS revision!

    5out of 5