Demystifying Brexit in your classroom

Nicola Davison
28th June 2016
Demystifying, Brexit, resources, secondary, discussion, UK political system, democracy, KS3, KS4, Post-16, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, Year 12, Year 13

Resources to help you to support your pupils following the EU referendum

As we enter a period of political uncertainty, students up and down the country are starting to ask questions about their own futures, as well as those of their friends and their teachers. 

At a time when the adults in their lives can’t know the answers, it can be confusing and worrying for young people. It's times like these when it is important to maintain a sense of stability by offering opportunities to talk frankly about the events as they unfold.

To lend a helping hand, TES recently co-hosted an enlightening student-led post-referendum discussion (see details below). And we've picked out a selection of top resources to support you as you talk about Brexit and the UK's political system more generally.

Post-Brexit panel discussion

At 11am on Thursday 30 June, TES and Speakers for Schools recorded a live post-referendum discussion with expert panellists, hosted by ITV’s political editor, Robert Peston.

Watch the video of the discussion in class to give your learners an idea of what the referendum result might mean for young people across the nation.

Resources to explore the UK's political system

  • Compare a democratic political system with a dictatorship using this fully-resourced lesson, including a debate line activity to help to develop critical thinking skills.
  • Use historical sources from the Parmliamenary Archives to explore the historical events that have impacted on democracy in the UK with this comprehensive activity pack.
  • Encourage learners to understand and evaluate the pros and cons of democracy in the UK with this simple PowerPoint presentation.
  • Aimed at A-level students, this thought-provoking presentation takes a in-depth look at the pros and cons of using referenda as a form of direct democracy in the UK.

Resources to promote discussion about Brexit

  • Ideal for a general look at the potential outcomes of leaving the EU, this next steps pack (£3) comes complete with three detailed presentations and a workbook.
  • Pupils can discuss and reflect on their own feelings about the result using the 12 thought-provoking questions outlined on this well-structured speaking frame.
  • Use the data in this investigative worksheet to encourage learners to practise key statistical skills, before engaging in discussion based on their findings.
  • Support learners as they start to talk and write about the referendum results in French with this simple speaking and writing frame.

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Let us know how you are talking about the referendum results in your classroom. Publish your resources on TES and send us the links for a chance to be featured.

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