Running a mock election in your school has never been easier. Here's everything you need...
1) One page clear breakdowns of promises from all major parties in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
2) Ballot sheets for the relevant areas - just type in the name of your local candidates (or students who want to run) and print!
3) A plan with a few suggestions as to how to run a mock election. Please don't feel ties to these. Whatever works for you!!
This can be done in a tutor group, a year group, a key stage, subjects, whole schools, whatever!
Why should you run a mock election?
It helps students understand the world around them
It helps students to articulate their opinions
OFSTED love it
Amazing whole school way to engage with British Values - esp Democracy and Tolerance
Improves speaking and listening skills for Literacy / English
KS2 Citizenship Curriculum:
to talk and write about their opinions, and explain their views, on issues that affect
themselves and society;
to research, discuss and debate topical issues, problems and events;
why and how rules and laws are made and enforced, why different rules are needed in
different situations and how to take part in making and changing rules;
to resolve differences by looking at alternatives, making decisions and explaining choices
what democracy is, and about the basic institutions that support it locally and nationally;
that resources can be allocated in different ways and that these economic choices affect
individuals, communities and the sustainability of the environment;
KS3 Citizenship Curriculum
the development of the political system of democratic government in the United Kingdom, including the roles of citizens, Parliament and the monarch
the operation of Parliament, including voting and elections, and the role of political parties
the precious liberties enjoyed by the citizens of the United Kingdom
KS4 Citizenship Curriculum
parliamentary democracy and the key elements of the constitution of the United Kingdom, including the power of government, the role of citizens and Parliament in holding those in power to account, and the different roles of the executive, legislature and judiciary and a free press
the different electoral systems used in and beyond the United Kingdom and actions citizens can take in democratic and electoral processes to influence decisions locally, nationally and beyond