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With 10 years secondary classroom teaching experience and 3 years spent writing and delivering educational workshops at the Houses of Parliament - we're in a unique position to unlock the world of politics for you and your students. We aim to cover the entire Citizenship curriculum, as well as core British Values. The Simple Politics project is relativity new. Please bear with us. Lots more resources on their way.

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With 10 years secondary classroom teaching experience and 3 years spent writing and delivering educational workshops at the Houses of Parliament - we're in a unique position to unlock the world of politics for you and your students. We aim to cover the entire Citizenship curriculum, as well as core British Values. The Simple Politics project is relativity new. Please bear with us. Lots more resources on their way.
Mock election 2017  - one stop shop for everything you need!
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Mock election 2017 - one stop shop for everything you need!

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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
Brexit for Schools - Key Stage 4 & 5
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Brexit for Schools - Key Stage 4 & 5

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Your students are hearing about Brexit on a daily basis, but very few have more than a fleeting idea what it is. This year, take the opportunity to give them the knowledge and the skills to join in this crucial national debate. This scheme involves large amounts of debate and opinion forming, so naturally hits the British Values of Tolerance, Respect, and Democracy, as well as large chunks of the KS 4 Citizenship Curriculum. Lesson 1 - History of the EU Lesson 2- 2016 Referendum Lesson 3 - Negotiating Lesson 4 - Negotiate your own Brexit Lesson 5 - What next for Brexit? 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 local, regional and international governance and the United Kingdom’s relations with the rest of Europe, the Commonwealth, the United Nations and the wider world human rights and international law diverse national, regional, religious and ethnic identities in the United Kingdom and the need for mutual respect and understanding the different ways in which a citizen can contribute to the improvement of their community, to include the opportunity to participate actively in community volunteering, as well as other forms of responsible activity
Brexit for Schools - Key Stage 2
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Brexit for Schools - Key Stage 2

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A lovely rounded series of lessons around Brexit - from the History of the EU to campaigning for the Brexit the young people want to see. This fun, engaging and informative sequence of lessons will open up the world of Brexit and politics for your students to feel involved with this crucial national debate. Clearly, as it's about opinions and debate, the British Values of Tolerance, Respect and Democracy are delivered beautifully. Lesson 1 - History of the EU Lesson 2 - The Referendum Campaign Lesson 3 - What are negotiations? Lesson 4 - Negotiate your own Brexit Lesson 5 - What now?
Brexit 4 Schools - Key Stage 3
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Brexit 4 Schools - Key Stage 3

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Your students are hearing about Brexit on a daily basis, but very few have more than a fleeting idea what it is. This year, take the opportunity to give them the knowledge and the skills to join in this crucial national debate. This scheme involves large amounts of debate and opinion forming, so naturally hits the British Values of Tolerance, Respect, and Democracy, as well as large chunks of the KS 3 Citizenship Curriculum. Lesson 1 - History of the EU Lesson 2- 2016 Referendum Lesson 3 - Negotiating Lesson 4 - Negotiate your own Brexit Lesson 5 - What next for Brexit? 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 the roles played by public institutions and voluntary groups in society, and the ways in which citizens work together to improve their communities, including opportunities to participate in school-based activities
Tax and Spend
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Tax and Spend

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An introduction to how public money is raised and spent for KS3 and KS4. This session looks at where the Government gets it's money and where it spends it. Students are invited to assess the fairness of both the tax system and the benefits system.
What is Conservatism?
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What is Conservatism?

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A guide to the basics of Conservatism. This 90 second video goes through the basics of the political ideology. It should be accessible to KS4 and above and is part of a series of videos explaining Political ideologies. As such, I hope it will be of use when looking at British Values such as Tolerance and Democracy. It also fits in nicely with the Citizenship Curriculum at KS4: other systems and forms of government, both democratic and non-democratic, beyond the United Kingdom.
What is Liberalism?
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What is Liberalism?

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A guide to the basics of Liberalism.. This 90 second video goes through the basics of the political ideology. It should be accessible to KS4 and above and is part of a series of videos explaining Political ideologies. As such, I hope it will be of use when looking at British Values such as Tolerance and Democracy. It also fits in nicely with the Citizenship Curriculum at KS4: other systems and forms of government, both democratic and non-democratic, beyond the United Kingdom.
What is Socialism?
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What is Socialism?

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A guide to the basics of Socialism. This 90 second video goes through the basics of the political ideology. It should be accessible to KS4 and above and is part of a series of videos explaining Political ideologies. As such, I hope it will be of use when looking at British Values such as Tolerance and Democracy. It also fits in nicely with the Citizenship Curriculum at KS4: other systems and forms of government, both democratic and non-democratic, beyond the United Kingdom.
Understand the British Constitution
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Understand the British Constitution

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The British Constitution is a statutory part of the KS4 Citizenship curriculum. We've had loads of teachers ask us how to teach this particularly dry subject. Our answer - lots of short activities and a bit of competition. This topic takes 2 lessons - the first the class is split into two teams and they do a series of comprehension tasks - crosswords, memory match, true or false etc. These are done in competition with other students in the class. The second lesson is a debate - with clear roles and prompts. The students can stay in the same teams and compete against each other . Hopefully, you and the students will find this fun, engaging and comprehensive. We'd love to know your feedback. please drop us a line with your thoughts.
Comic book guide to the Institutions of the EU
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Comic book guide to the Institutions of the EU

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There are 7 key organisations that make up the EU. Trying to engage students with them is pretty tricky. If you're looking to really help your students understand the EU as part of a mock referendum, it's pretty crucial they know their Council of the EU from their European Council. So - this is a comic book version, designed to engage, entertain and simplify! Print it off as a booklet - it fits nicely on two sheets of A4, or as posters - this is in high res, so entirely flexible. Like with almost all our resources, there is no accompanying lesson plan. You are too creative to be told what to do. Enjoy!
Create your own local charity
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Create your own local charity

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Designed specifically for students to think about the KS3 Citizenship Curriculum target: the ways in which citizens work together to improve their communities, this session encourages students to look at local services and work out what's missing. It works best if the students create presentations as a mock pitch for council money. That way the sense of competition really helps.
How does the EU work?
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How does the EU work?

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A brief introduction to the 7 institutions: European Council, EU Commission, EU Parliament, Council of the EU, Court of Justice of the EU, European Central Bank & Court of Auditiors Aimed at KS2, but suitable for KS1 (I'd recommend pausing from time to time) and KS3. For older groups, have a look at our comic book guides to the institutions, or the Complete guide to the EU referendum. Don't forget that running a mock EU referendum doesn't just help your students understand the world around them and increase their sense of community - it also ticks Citizenship Curriculum and British Values boxes!
British Values in real life context
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British Values in real life context

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Aimed at KS4, this look at British Values and the way they impact on everyday decisions and actions can easily be differentiated to suit KS3 or KS5. As British Values becoming an increasingly important part of the OFSTED framework, a session like this is really useful to keep up your sleeves! When I had 8 Year 10 tutor groups off timetable as a drop down day, 1 group said this session was the highlight of the day. Another said 'Good information given. Good videos shown. Good open discussion sections.'
How to make a difference - assembly / presentation
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How to make a difference - assembly / presentation

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After I noticed that most students took campaigning to be making basic posters and possibly a petition, I put this assembly together. Specifically, it really helps with KS3 Citizenship Curriculum: 'the roles played by public institutions and voluntary groups in society, and the ways in which citizens work together to improve their communities, including opportunities to participate in school-based activities' and can be used for KS4: ' the role of citizens and Parliament in holding those in power to account' and 'the different ways in which a citizen can contribute to the improvement of his or her community' The focus is on amazing and creative campaigns that begin to have an impact. There is video, pictures and discussion. This is not designed to be a presentation where the talker talks and the students shut up and listen! The students who saw this said: 'the assembly included adverts on ways to change the world', 'Learning about different campaigns in the assembly was a favourite!' and 'Being interactive in the assembly and not just sitting and listening' 40% of the tutor groups said it was their favourite part of the day.
Complete guide to the EU referendum
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Complete guide to the EU referendum

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All the information KS3 - 5 could possibly need for the EU referendum. This hyperlinked and interactive PPT is split into 4 sections: - What is the EU? - How did UK join? - How does the EU work? - What are the arguments for and against leaving the EU? There is no lesson plan as this is designed to be navigated at the students pace and according to the student's interests. By the end of playing with this for a lesson, students (and staff!) will be in a much better position to decide their point of view for the EU referendum. Clearly, looking at the EU is a great way to develop British Values of Democracy, Liberty & Mutual respect. It also covers many areas of the Citizenship Curriculum for KS3 &4.
Immigration - examining attitudes towards refugees - esp from Syria
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Immigration - examining attitudes towards refugees - esp from Syria

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A flexible resource for KS4. Promotes British Values - especially Tolerance, Respect and Democracy. This can be completed in half an hour, or form the basis of a much longer project, looking at impact of immigration on the country and on the local area. You may find that www.fullfact.org helps with any further debate and research.
Comic book guide to how a law is made
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Comic book guide to how a law is made

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A clear and engaging resource explaining the process of how a law is made. Suitable from KS2 - 5, bright, colourful and easy to follow, this works well as a printed guide, used on the IWB and it's high resolution enough to blow up and sue as a display. Flexible, clear and engaging.
What is a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and how do they get elected?
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What is a Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) and how do they get elected?

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A one stop guide to the PCC elections on the 5th May. What is a PCC? Who is standing in my area? How does the voting system work? As well as a few questions for students to debate. This is a handy resource to support a mock PCC election, or just to explain to students what is going on. It features infographics, video, debate questions and information.
What is Capitalism?
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What is Capitalism?

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A very brief (less than 2 minutes) guide to the basics of capitalism. Includes an (even briefer) introduction to the concept of 'supply and demand'. Easily accessible to KS4 & 5. Should be manageable by able KS3.