Hot topic: the general election

Added 21 Nov 2019

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

Roald Dahl (Matilda)

A general election has been called for 12 December and young people will be hearing lots of information about the election, political parties, politicians and manifesto promises.

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

This hot topic offers suggestions for using the upcoming general election with KS2 and KS3 pupils including:

  • Fabulous ideas from poet Simon Mole on writing manifesto poetry
  • Suggestions for exploring election specific vocabulary
  • Links to lesson plans and resources which will help your pupils to explore bias in news reports
  • A recommended reading list to engage pupils in reading non-fiction texts about democracy and elections