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Debating Resource: Create the Debate
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Debating Resource: Create the Debate

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Create the Debate offers your students the chance to develop their debating skills in the classroom throughout the year. The pack includes suggested debate topics, tips for improving debating skills and further information about the procedure for carrying out debates at the Houses of Parliament.
The Gunpowder Plot Lesson Plan
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The Gunpowder Plot Lesson Plan

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Every year people across the United Kingdom celebrate Bonfire Night with fireworks and ‘Penny for the Guy’. But do you know why? Find out using these great resources!
Get Debating worksheets and teachers' notes
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Get Debating worksheets and teachers' notes

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Get Debating is a new series of classroom worksheets focusing on debating techniques, structuring effective arguments and finding suitable topics for debate. The pack consists of four worksheets that students can use in the classroom, as well as a glossary of debating terms and accompanying teachers’ notes. The four worksheets are: - Debater’s Checklist - A step by step checklist to get students ready for debate. - Moderator’s Guide - A guide for students to use to manage the tricky task of running a debate. - In your School - Helps students find issues for debate in school and encourages them to survey their peers to decide which issues to prioritise. - In the News Now - Helps students to identify current new stories and topics suitable for debate. Learning Outcomes: These worksheets can be used in Citizenship lessons and also in English, Government & Politics and other related subjects where students are exploring complex topics and careful consideration of issues. Students will: - Practice their debating skills - Prepare structured arguments for debate - Form opinions - Justify their viewpoints - Learn how to moderate and keep order of debates - Research news stories and issues suitable for debate - Learn how to campaign on issues at school - Learn and use different debating terms and phrases
Find out about Parliament: Voting
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Find out about Parliament: Voting

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The ‘Find out about Parliament’ series, is an introduction to the work of Parliament through activities, stories and imagery, for pupils aged 5-11. There are two other themes to explore in this series: •Asking questions •What does representing mean? Each theme in the series includes a teachers’ booklet, a story presentation and a poster pack. The resources have practical and accessible ideas to get pupils thinking about how they make decisions in a group, why asking questions is important and what it means to represent other people. Younger pupils will enjoy listening to the stories which explore each theme in a familiar context, while the poster pack provides a stimulus to extend pupils’ understanding of each concept and how it relates to Parliament. Additional SEND resources are available on our website: https://www.parliament.uk/education/teaching-resources-lesson-plans/finding-out-about-parliament-voting/
Voting Rights in the UK Assembly
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Voting Rights in the UK Assembly

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Use this assembly plan to explore the journey to equal votes in the UK, looking at the laws that granted voting rights and the impact they have had on society. Ideal for use in 2018 which marks 100 years since all men and some women were given the vote, and 90 years since women and men received equal voting rights. Includes a step by step assembly plan and a PowerPoint presentation. Students will learn about: The journey to equal votes in the UK Suffragists and suffragettes, and the differences in their campaign methods The legislation passed by Parliament that gave women the vote, and its impact on society
The Gunpowder Plot - Part 1
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The Gunpowder Plot - Part 1

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A film, lesson plan and assembly plan for 7-14 year old students about the Gunpowder Plot from the UK Parliament. This episode is accompanied by specially commissioned illustrations and images from the Parliamentary art and archive collections that bring each story to life. This episode tells the first part of the story of the infamous Gunpowder Plot in which a group of men plotted to kill James I and destroy Parliament in 1605. Download the document for a link to the video, supporting resources and teacher notes.
The Gunpowder Plot - part 2
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The Gunpowder Plot - part 2

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Video, lesson plan and assembly plan about the Gunpowder Plot from Parliament’s Education Service. This episode is accompanied by specially-commissioned illustrations and images from the Parliamentary art and archive collections that bring each story to life. Following on from part 1 this is the exciting conclusion to the infamous Gunpowder Plot in which a group of men plotted to kill James I and destroy Parliament in 1605. Download the document for a link to the video, supporting resources and teacher notes.
Debating resource: Create the Debate (Welsh)
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Debating resource: Create the Debate (Welsh)

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Create the Debate offers your students the chance to develop their debating skills in the classroom throughout the year. The pack for Welsh speakers includes suggested debate topics, tips for improving debating skills and further information about the procedure for carrying out debates at the Houses of Parliament.
Diversity and Parliament: Black History Month lesson plan
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Diversity and Parliament: Black History Month lesson plan

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Use this range of resources to explore diversity and the changing nature of representation in the UK. This lesson plan, assembly and prompt pack allow students to find out about Parliamentarians’ experience of changing diversity and to consider what diversity means to them. Students will learn about: • Diverse national, regional, religious and ethnic identities in the United Kingdom and the need for mutual respect and understanding Using the lesson plan on role models for 7-11 years, students will: • Understand the concept of role models • Explore the different qualities that make a good role model • Look at diversity among our choices of role model • Find out about some inspirational figures from black and ethnic minority communities • Explore the process of debate and compromise in group decision-making If using this as part of Black History Month: • Know that October marks Black History Month • Gain an understanding of why Black History Month is celebrated Using the assembly plan for 11-16 years, students will learn: • Know that October marks Black History Month • Gain an understanding of why Black History Month is celebrated • Find out about Parliament’s role in legislating on issues such as race relations Using the prompt pack of activities for 7- 18 years, students will learn: • To be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas • Develop their abilities of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate
Black History Month Assembly Plan
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Black History Month Assembly Plan

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As part of Black History Month, Parliament has launched new resources for schools on the theme of diversity. This video and assembly plan explores Parliamentarians’ experiences of what Black History Month means to them and discusses Parliament’s role in making laws on issues of diversity in the UK. It is suitable for ages 11+. Using the assembly plan, students will learn: • Know that October marks Black History Month • Gain an understanding of why Black History Month is celebrated • Find out about Parliament’s role in legislating on issues such as race relations
Find out about Parliament: Asking Questions
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Find out about Parliament: Asking Questions

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The ‘Find out about Parliament’ series, is an introduction to the work of Parliament through activities, stories and imagery, for pupils aged 5-11. There are two other themes to explore in this series: •Voting •What does representing mean? Each theme in the series includes a teachers’ booklet, a story presentation and a poster pack. The resources have practical and accessible ideas to get pupils thinking about how they make decisions in a group, why asking questions is important and what it means to represent other people. Younger pupils will enjoy listening to the stories which explore each theme in a familiar context, while the poster pack provides a stimulus to extend pupils’ understanding of each concept and how it relates to Parliament.
An Introduction to Parliament Video, Ages 7-11
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An Introduction to Parliament Video, Ages 7-11

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This short animation introduces the UK Parliament in four chapters: parliament’s structure, how laws are made, elections and voting and how you can get your voice heard. The full film is around eight minutes long or you can watch the individual chapters if you wish to focus on a specific area. Download the document for a link to the video and supporting notes.
MP For A Week
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MP For A Week

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https://www.parliament.uk/education/teaching-resources-lesson-plans/mp-for-a-week-game/mp-for-a-week/ MP For A Week is a multi-level online game that aims to help students develop their political literacy. Students take on the political dilemmas faced by a backbench MP. Players can give speeches in debates, vote on laws, go to constituency events and take part in committee inquiries. Re-playable with three levels of curriculum-linked content, the game also features videos of real MPs giving game tips and explaining how Parliament works. Teachers can also access every game activity individually (currently over 150), a game guide and teachers’ notes.
Race Relations Act 1965 source pack
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Race Relations Act 1965 source pack

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Use this lesson plan and associated sources to support your students to develop historical research, analysis and presentation skills. Students will answer key questions about the Race Relations Act 1965: - Why was it felt there was a need for a Race Relations Act? - Why were there differing arguments around the passing of the Act? - How did the intended impact of the Act compare with the impact in reality? Learning Outcomes - Students will discover more about the first Race Relations Act and the history of race relations in the UK - Understand different contemporary arguments for and against the Race Relations Act 1965 - Learn and try different methods of historical enquiry - Understand how different types of historical sources can be used to make historical claims - Pursue historically valid enquiries and create relevant, structured and evidentially supported accounts in response - Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change - Gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms
What is the House of Lords?
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What is the House of Lords?

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These resources answer the three following questions and are an ideal starting point for exploring the House of Lords with students: - What is the House of Lords? - How does the House of Lords work? - Who is in the House of Lords? Perfect for developing students’ knowledge further, and giving them a deeper understanding of what the House of Lords is, what people’s perceptions of the House of Lords are and how the House of Lords in influential in lawmaking. Download the document for links to videos and supporting teacher packs.
What is the House of Commons? video
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What is the House of Commons? video

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Explore the House of Commons, including how it all began, its main functions, how its members are elected and the role of MPs. Download the document for a link to the video animation and supporting teacher notes.
An Introduction to Parliament video
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An Introduction to Parliament video

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This short animation introduces the UK Parliament in five chapters: Parliament’s structure How laws are made Holding Government to account Elections and voting How you can get your voice heard. The full film is around eight minutes long or you can watch the individual chapters if you wish to focus on a specific area. Download the document for a link to the video and supporting teacher notes.
General Elections: Collapsed Timetable Day
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General Elections: Collapsed Timetable Day

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Create a collapsed timetable day focusing on the theme of general elections using this resource pack. This ready to use resource will support you in running a collapsed timetable half day focused on general elections. Includes an organised half day plan with suggested activities and an introductory PowerPoint presentation. Also includes a handy checklist to help you to plan and deliver your half day.