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How do we ensure free and fair elections in the UK? Lesson 4 of 6

Key stage 3 (ages 11-14) • Politics, Parliament & Government • Lesson and support materials

How do we ensure free and fair elections in the UK?

This lesson is part 4 of a sequence of 6 lessons addressing the key enquiry: Are elections the best way to decide who runs the country?

This lesson explores what two organisations are doing to try to strengthen our democracy in the UK by ensuring free and fair elections. Students create fact files based on case studies, before discussing and voting on which organisation they feel is most effective in strengthening our democracy. They then write a short article about the work of the Electoral Commission, which they self-assess using given success criteria.

Students will work towards answering the following questions:
  1. How does the Electoral Commission help to ensure free and fair elections in the UK?
  2. What is the pressure group Make Votes Matter trying to do to make our voting system fairer in the UK?
  3. How does ensuring free and fair elections help to protect our democracy?
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