In the News - Queen’s speech opens parliament
Bills aimed at strengthening the economy will be the focal point of the coalition government’s work over the next year, according to the Queen’s Speech.
In the news
Queen’s speech opens parliament
Bills aimed at strengthening the economy will be the focal point of the coalition government’s work over the next year, according to the Queen’s Speech. Coming only weeks after figures revealed that the UK economy had returned into recession, the speech at the State Opening of Parliament contained new measures intended to boost the economy, including an Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill as well as a Banking Reform Bill.
Other areas covered by bills outlined in the Queen’s Speech include reform to the House of Lords and pensions, as well as a Children and Families Bill, which plans to include legislation to ensure that families have more choice on education for pupils with special educational needs.
- Help students develop their political literacy with this online game where students take on the political dilemmas faced by a backbench MP.
- We may not have seen much of it over recent years, but it’s important to understand economic growth. Introduce the topic with this clear and concise presentation..
- Read all about the 2008 recession with this brief background to how it started. Compare data to help pupils predict and forecast where Britain might go from here.
- This is a look at all the policies governments can use at a national level to stimulate and measure economic growth in an easy-to-follow structure.
- A fun way to get students understanding and reciting what governments strive for to stimulate economic growth – and how different nations are faring in these matters.
Further news resources
- Help your pupils understand the features of the front page of a newspaper.
- Get students creating their own news report with this step-by-step guide
- A sociological and media perspective on what makes an event 'newsworthy'.
- Help pupils to write their own TV news broadcast with this handy PowerPoint.
- A scheme of work to help students structure news stories.
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Rupert and James Murdoch exhibited "wilful blindness" over phone hacking at News International, according to a report by the Commons select committee for culture, media and sport.