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Political Awareness for Citizenship KS3

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Age Range: KS3

Make your classroom the place to be. A fictional town and its residents bring what is so often portrayed as a "boring" subject instantly to life. Students relate to the characters, explore the issues and develop a solid understanding of how governments and political systems work.

Topics include: Central and local government; Public services; How they are financed; Public contribution; Key characteristics of parliamentary and other forms of government; The electoral system; Importance of voting; Promoting participation in the democratic process by all sectors of the community.

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Size: 64 Pages
ISBN: 978 1 86025 525 0
Author(s): Katherine Benzinski
Code: PAFC
Popularity rank: 317

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Contents List

LESSONS

  • 7 BECKSFIELD TOWN Students gain an understanding of how Becksfield town functions.
  • 9 HAVE I THE RIGHT? Students learn about the rights we have as citizens.
  • 11 YOU DON'T COUNT! Students gain an understanding of what it means to be excluded from our society.
  • 13 CHANGES AT SCHOOL Students consider how groups and individuals can discuss areas of importance to them and how they can lobby for changes to be made.
  • 15 YOUR OPINION MATTERS Students learn how to get the best out of meetings through their personal contribution.
  • 17 DEMOCRACY AT SCHOOL Students consider whether democracy can work fully in school.
  • 19 A LONG, HARD LOOK Students consider problems that exist in different communities and assess how those problems could be brought to people's attention.
  • 21 PRESSURE GROUPS Students look at the effectiveness of pressure groups as a way to influence change.
  • 23 HELP IS AT HAND Students learn how an MP can help individuals in his or her constituency.
  • 25 LOCALS SERVING LOCALS Students gain an understanding of some of the key characteristics of local government.
  • 27 AN ALL-ROUND SERVICE Students consider what public services local government provides.
  • 29 THE PRICE OF SUCCESS Students learn how local government is financed.
  • 31 GETTING INVOLVED Students gain an understanding of how we can contribute to local government.
  • 33 SERVANT OF THE PEOPLE Students gain a basic understanding and appreciation of the work of a local councillor.
  • 35 THE HEART OF THE MATTER Students gain an understanding of how Parliament works.
  • 37 FOR THE PEOPLE Students learn about the key characteristics of central government.
  • 39 PROVIDING SECURITY Students consider what public services central government provides.
  • 41 FOOTING THE BILL Students learn how central government is financed.
  • 43 USING YOUR INFLUENCE Students gain an understanding of how individuals can influence central government.
  • 45 ON THE BIG STAGE Students learn about the work of an MP.
  • 47 EVERYBODY NEEDS GOOD NEIGHBOURS Students learn about the work of an MEP.
  • 49 THERE IS ANOTHER WAY Students consider alternative forms of government and the good and bad points of those systems.
  • 51 REGIONAL GOVERNMENT Students gain an understanding of what is meant by regional government.
  • 53 X MARKS THE SPOT Students learn about when and how we vote.
  • 55 WHO IS THE BEST? Students consider the criteria people use when choosing to vote for someone.
  • 57 WE NEED YOU! Students gain an understanding of how election campaigns are organised.
  • 59 WE MADE A DIFFERENCE! Students gain an understanding of how they can participate in elections.
  • 61 CASE STUDY Through considering the plight of an asylum seeker, students consider how politics works in reality.

APPENDICES

  • 62 (1) MAP OF BECKSFIELD For use with various pages, including 7, 9, 25 and 59.
  • 63 (2) CITIZENS OF BECKSFIELD For use with various pages, including 7, 9, 31, 33, 37, 39, 55 and 59.
  • 64 (3) 'A TRULY BRILLIANT YOUNG MAN' For use with page 23, HELP IS AT HAND.
  • 65 (4) NEWS STORIES FROM BECKSFIELD For use with various pages, including 19, 21, 25, 27, 39, 53 and 59.
  • 66 (5) PLANS AND RUMOURS For use with all pages.
  • 67 (6) USEFUL WEBSITE ADDRESSES For use with all pages.
  • 68 (7) TICK LIST OF COMPETENCIES AND UNDERSTANDING For use with all pages.