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Who runs the United Kingdom? (Complete scheme of work)

Key stage 3 (ages 11-14) • Politics, Parliament & Government • Core Curriculum

Who runs the United Kingdom?

About this scheme of work

This scheme of work is designed to introduce Year 7 students to Parliament, government and devolved power, enabling them to address the key enquiry question: Who runs the United Kingdom?

Having learnt about Parliament and its functions, students explore its relationship with government and the importance of accountability in a democracy. They investigate general and local elections, developing an understanding of the first-past-the-post system. 

They then move on to learn about devolution at both a national and local level. They investigate how and why power is devolved and explore examples of devolution in practice. Finally, they draw together their learning across the scheme of work in an assessment task.

This scheme of work forms part of our model core curriculum which is exclusively available to School and College Members.

National curriculum links
Develop pupils’ understanding of government, democracy and the rights and responsibilities of citizens;  the development of the political system of democratic government in the United Kingdom, including the roles of citizens, Parliament and the monarch; the operation of Parliament, including voting and elections

Citizenship skills
Political literacy, debate, active participation

Citizenship concepts
Democracy, making a difference

Building progression
This scheme of work is part of ACT’s model core curriculum for Citizenship in secondary schools, which has been designed to develop and deepen students’ knowledge, skills and understanding throughout Key Stages 3 and 4. Other units linked to this Year 7 scheme of work include:

 Year 9: Are elections the best way to decide who runs our country? (Coming soon)

Year 10: Should the UK be called a democracy?

Year 11: How can we become future political leaders?

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