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Media Literacy resources

These resources have been developed by ACT to support the teaching of media literacy through citizenship.

1: Teaching Media Literacy - Covid-19

Put together by experienced secondary citizenship teachers, this first learning activity is designed for use with pupils in key stages 3 and 4. Pupils are introduced to basic media literacy concepts and terms and encouraged to develop their knowledge, source analysis and critical thinking in relation to the different types of information they encounter.

Citizenship teaching resources for distance learning

ACT teachers have been sharing their ideas to support pupils who may be studying Citizenship at home during the outbreak of COVID-19.

All the resources here are accessible to those with appropriate IT and internet access.

Teachers will want to review the resources first to ensure they are appropriate for pupils.

Our huge thanks to everyone who has contributed to this collection of resources.

Election teaching resources

Teacher members of ACT have been developing lessons and activities to support teaching about the election, voting and democracy. 

Our thanks to Helen Blachford, Zoe, Baker and Ryan Mason for sharing their ideas.

Parallel election teaching resource

Elections provide a key moment for teaching about the political system, voting and democracy. This resource on Parallel elections has been developed to help teachers plan and undertake a parallel election with their pupils.

Free to Speak Safe to Learn from the Council of Europe

ACT is delighted to support a campaign launched by the Council of Europe, 'Free to Speak, Safe to Learn', which encouarges all schools to become 'Democratic Schools'. 

Having a Say - Suffrage Citizenship Lessons


The 'Having a Say' Citizenship resources have been developed by ACT with support from the Historical Association, the Cabinet Office and the Government Equalities Office. They form part of a wider set of history and Citizenship resources to celebrate 100 years of votes for women.

Teaching Democracy - compulsory voting?

The resources comes with ready to use pupil resource sheets, to introduce pupils to some of the key characteristics of democracy using a balloon debate activity. It can be adapted for use with key stage 3 and 4 pupils who are just begining to learn about the concept of democracy or for those who have been studying democracy as a way to check understanding of the key ideas. 

Teaching Democracy - Compulsory voting? is a lesson and pupils' resources designed for use in secondary schools. 

Teaching Democracy - using debate

Teaching Democracy - using debate is an ACT teaching resource that has been designed to develop knowledge and understanding of the concept of democracy. 

Teaching Democracy - Lets get elected!

'Let's get elected' is a set of teaching activities and resources for students to help develop knowledge and understanding of local democracy and elections using the context of electing the Mayor of London. Pupils explore the process of electoral campaigning to be a city mayor by working in teams to put together an election campaign.

The lesson was designed for use with year 7 and can be adapted for other age groups and election contexts.

This teaching resource was orginally developed by teachers at Blackfen Girls School and has been updated by ACT.

NCS Key Stage 4 Curriculum Activities

The Key Stage 4 curriculum activities aim to develop citizenship knowledge and skills, and promote understanding of National Citizen Service (NCS).

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