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Ideas to engage students in the General Election

How can we engage our students and school community in the upcoming general election while adhering to guidance on political impartiality? Tom Middlehurst offers some activity ideas and wider advice
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With a General Election likely in 2024, many schools and colleges are wondering about how best to engage students over the coming months.

As this will be the first general election since the pandemic, many of the normal leadership and democratic activities that take place in schools may have been paused and may not have restarted.

So what can leaders and teachers do this year to get students talking about politics and the issues that matter to them?


Why should schools care?

It is really important to engage students in the democratic process as soon as possible, provided this is done in an age-appropriate way. As well as helping them understand the balances of power and how the world works, learning about politics should teach students that they have a voice and the ability to affect change. Ultimately, decisions being made in Westminster today will have a huge bearing on their lives, if not now then in the near future.

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