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Hot topic - General Election

Added 17 Jun 2024 | Updated 21 Jun 24

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A General Election has been called for Thursday 4 July 2024 and young people will be hearing lots of information about the election, political parties, politicians, and manifesto promises.

Schools must remain impartial and take great care to ensure a balanced presentation of views in the run up to the election. However, it is an excellent opportunity to engage pupils in learning about democracy, inspire them to think about what matters to them in their communities, and to develop their vocabulary, reading, oracy and writing skills.

General Election: a Hot Topic resource

This July, people across the UK will visit a polling station and vote for the next government. We encourage teachers in July to support pupils in becoming MPs (mini politicians) and to explore the world of politics through literacy in the classroom.

Our Hot Topic resources help you to effortlessly integrate current events and engaging topics into your English lessons, library sessions or tutor time to foster essential literacy skills such as reading, writing, and oracy. In this resource, you will find:

  • Book recommendations to read aloud or share with pupils aged 4 to 14.
  • Writing activities including film-inspired writing and creative writing activities such as writing to your local MP.
  • Oracy activities including performance poetry, storytelling prompts and mock elections.

The activities are designed to be adaptable for teachers working across different age ranges, and for the time you have available.

Explore our range of hot topic resources.

“Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.”

Roald Dahl

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