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Which system of voting is best? Lesson 2 of 6

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

Which system of voting is best?

This lesson is part 2 of a sequence of 6 lessons addressing the key enquiry: Are elections the best way to decide who runs the country?

Students learn about three voting systems used in democracies – first past the post, single transferable vote, and proportional representation. To apply their learning, they take part in a simulated vote count using each system. Based on what they have learnt, they then write a short report advising the Prime Minister on whether the current system should be changed and take part in a class discussion and vote on related questions.

Students will work towards answering the following questions:
  1. What voting systems are used to elect candidates in democracies?
  2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of different voting systems?
  3. Should we keep the first past the post voting system in the UK?
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