Getting to grips with the general election

Victoria Haughton
18th May 2017
election, general election, june 2017, poltics, electoral systems, parties

Hand-picked lesson ideas to help you shed some light on the upcoming snap election with your secondary students

With Brexit, Trump’s inauguration and the election of Macron, the political world has certainly been busy. And, with the UK due to go to the ballot box once again next month, students are asking more questions than ever.

To help to ensure that political apathy won't be a problem in your classroom, we've pulled together this top collection of explanatory presentations, ready-to-go lessons and election-themed activities.

Context to the election

Establish the extent of younger students' political knowledge with this simple webquest*, designed to prompt discussions while improving their research capabilities. Or, with up to 100 questions ranging in difficulty, why not consolidate their understanding in this multiple-choice quiz*?

Ideal for KS3 students curious as to how and why the snap election occurred, this comprehensive pack  includes a presentation, party leader fact-files and an entertaining quiz. Alternatively, this ready-to-go lesson*complete with a fully differentiated presentation, delves deeper into election voting patterns and indifference.

Parties and electoral systems

Introduce your class to the key players hoping to make an impact this June by getting them to explore these detailed guides, outlining each major party's history, core beliefs and supporters. Take this one step further with this set of presentations, which offer students a brief overview of political ideologies, before allowing them to create their own fantasy frontbench with this innovative activity.

Providing a thorough look into the first-past-the-post electoral system, as well as possible alternatives, this presentation and study guide encourages pupils to consider the pros and cons of the current voting process. And, once they have mastered the UK political system, allow learners to get actively engaged by holding your own mock election, referring to this handy kit as inspiration.

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On Wednesday 24 May, Tes will be hosting a general election hustings with education secretary Justine Greening, her Labour shadow, Angela Rayner, and their Lib Dem counterpart, Sarah Olney. If you are unable to join us in London, you can watch debate live on our Facebook, or Twitter.​

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