Democracy Week 2-8 July 2018 support for schools
National Democracy Week (2-8 July 2018) is a week long celebration of democracy including events, talks and activities in communities across the country. The week is also being used to focus on the anniversary of the extention of voting rights to women. Schools can use the opportunity to focus on democracy in their Citizenship and history teaching. ACT is delighted to be working with the Historical Association to develop some new resources on Women's Suffrage which will be launched later in the year.
To support schools we have put together some new teaching ideas and suggestions for teaching democracy and included some resources developed and shared by ACT teacher members.
- Teaching Democracy in Citizenship - a summary - an overview of the key elements of democracy that should be addressed in Citizenship teaching
- Topic Guide 1: The electoral system and political parties (updated June 2018) - a guide for teaching about the UK elections and the role of political parties
- Topic Guide 2: The Constitution & Political System (updated June 2018) - a guide for teaching about parliamentary democracy, power and politics
- Teaching Democracy - using debate - a new ACT teaching resource with ready to use pupil resource sheets, designed to introduce pupils to key characteristics of democracy using a balloon debate activity.
- What should a politician be like? - a teaching idea for year 7 based on an idea originally published in 'The Democracy Cookbook' from the Electoral Commission (no longer published). Adaptable for key stage 2 and key stage 4.
The following teaching ideas have be shared by ACT teacher members:
- Let's get elected - lesson plan and pupil resources for key stage 3
- Compulsory voting? - lesson plan and pupils resources for secondary
This year ACT's teaching conference on 7 July has been timed to cooincide with National Democracy Week and focuses on Young People and the future of Democracy.
As part of the conference we are celebrating democracy as an EqualiTeas partner and are delighted that Baroness Garden of Frognal, Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords is speaking about her thoughts about equality and the role of women in parliament, and the importance of Citizenship education in schools.