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Why are elections important? Lesson 1 of 6

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

Why are elections important?

This lesson is part 1 of a sequence of 6 lessons addressing the key enquiry: Are elections the best way to decide who runs the country?

As a foundation for this scheme of work, students develop their understanding of elections as part of democratic governance. They revisit and reinforce learning about democracy. They explore voting and how governments are formed, before focusing on elections locally and nationally. At the end of the lesson, they reflect on different reasons why elections are important.

Students will work towards answering the following questions:
  1. What part does voting play in a democracy?
  2. How is a government formed in the UK?
  3. How does voting help us elect representatives nationally and locally?
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