Students explore how pressure groups operate, and create their own in the classroom!

The Under Pressure teaching pack is made up of three lessons:

1) Power and influence (A range of activities, including reflecting on influence, and learning the basics about pressure groups)

2) How pressure groups operate (Uses the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament - CND - as a case study to deepen students' understanding of pressure groups)

3) Create your own campaign (Students create their own pressure group, taking into consideration targets, budgets, tactics, messaging, etc. They present it to the rest of the class.)

The lessons are highly relevant to the curriculum and exam syllabuses of Citizenship, Sociology, Government & Politics, and English, and are an excellent way to help meet SMSC, British Values and Prevent requirements.


‘Without doubt… a highly valuable one for GCSE Sociology students in particular because it directly links to the Power and Politics module. The students really enjoy working in large groups and being assigned particular roles. The session is broken up into manageable parts and there is a clear focus throughout’ - Sociology Teacher

‘'Under Pressure - How Pressure Groups Operate' is a useful resource for citizenship teachers. It provides a range of activities that promote understanding of the role of pressure group in democratic societies. The activities are designed to help pupils develop an interest in taking responsible citizenship action themselves.’ - Association for Citizenship Teaching's Quality Mark assessment panel (the pack was awarded the Quality Mark!)

‘It was great. I think other people should have this experience.’ – Year 10 student, Hall Mead School, London


  • Under-Pressure-whole-pack.pdf

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Created: Jul 14, 2011

Updated: Aug 16, 2017

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    user avatartahwoh22 days agoreport

    Excellent resource. Thank you.

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    user avatarhtracey9 months agoreport

    fantastic resource thank you

    • user avatarPeaceEducationReply from Author9 months ago

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    user avatarBarbsa year agoreport

    This is a really useful resource - thanks a lot

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    user avatarpoa04kjm3 years agoreport

    A very well designed and put together resource. Very informative but at the right level. Many thanks CND

    • user avatarPeaceEducationReply from Author9 months ago

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    • user avatarPeaceEducationReply from Author5 months ago

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