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Is it important that elections are free and fair? Lesson 3 of 6

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

Is it important that elections are free and fair?

This lesson is part 3 of a sequence of 6 lessons addressing the key enquiry: Are elections the best way to decide who runs the country?

Students learn about what it means for an election to be free and fair. They explore case studies of less democratic countries than the UK,  which do not have a free and fair election system. They focus on the insurrection at the Capitol in the United States as an example of a related news story. At the end of the lesson, they draw together what they have learnt by revisiting the importance of democracy in our free world.

Students will work towards answering the following questions:
  1. What is a free and fair election?
  2. Are elections free and fair in other countries?
  3. Is democracy the best form of government?
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