Government & election teaching resources
Elections, voting, parliament and politics resources.
On Thursday 5th May 2011, Britain will decide whether to change its electoral system in the AV Referendum. TES Resources have gathered materials shared by teachers to save time when approaching topics including, voting, referendums, elections and government.
- In-depth templates of a broader topic to help students condense their notes
- Collection of revision activities based around the Elections/electoral systems module of the AS British Government and Politics course.
- Comparing the main features of major voting systems that are used in elected bodies around the UK. These including; first past the post, the alternative vote, the party list system, single transferable vote and the additional member system.
- A guide to resources and weblinks from Parliament and other organisations about the alternative vote and the referendum.
- Explaining referendums in a clear and accessible way with links to relevant reources and classroom activities.
- Cross-curricular lesson on the Alternative Vote.
- Why did women and some men have to struggle for the vote in Britain?
- The electoral system in Britain today, issues relating to minority groups within a representative democracy and present-day arguments relating to different forms of campaigning, the responsibility of voting and electoral reform.
- Children should learn about the consequences of being denied the right to vote and other political rights and that all political systems are underpinned by beliefs about power and people.
- Worksheet and game covering the main political parties and voting systems
- Create campaign posters for a school or general election using this handy online template
- A questionnaire to stimulate discussion and encourage group participation
Politics and elections
- Should schools hold mock elections and tips on how to hold a poll
- Raise awareness about party politics and the election process
- A history lesson incorporating topical themes for an election year
- Activities for post 16 politics including debating points and background information
- A lesson on how the government spends money & the priorities which are taken into account
- Facts and information which can provide a useful basis for comparison with this year’s election
- Provides useful context for election through explanations about how Britain is ruled
- Debating topic covering the recent controversy of MP’s expenses
- An activity on how votes are translated into seats at a General Election
- What does the inside of Parliament look like? Virtual tours and background for useful context
- A range of websites covering topics like trade, peace, conflict, law and many others
- Lesson plan template for writing the latest election news for the front page of a newspaper
- Free interactive activities and games on British government, politics and UK elections
- Play for a line of three, a line of four, and a full house as the election results come in