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What is the difference between power and influence? Lesson 1 of 6

Key stage 3 (ages 11-14) • Active Citizenship • Lesson and support materials

What is the difference between power and influence?

This lesson is part 1 of a sequence of 6 lessons addressing the key enquiry: Community volunteers or social media influencers – who has the most power and influence?

To underpin their learning throughout this scheme of work, students explore the meaning of the terms, ‘power’ and ‘influence’ in the context of a community. They investigate local and national public institutions with the capacity to effect change, as well as other individuals and groups that hold power and influence within communities. Finally, they discover how public institutions work alongside voluntary groups and examine the differences in their contributions to individuals.

Students will work towards answering the following questions:
  1. What do the terms, ‘power’ and ‘influence’ mean?
  2. What public institutions have power and influence to change a community?
  3. Who else has power and influence in a community?
  4. How do public institutions and community groups work together to support individuals within a community?
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