Politics: GCSE Citizenship

Below are 28 lessons that I have created and used to teach Politics for GCSE Citizenship. They can also be used for a non-GCSE Key stage 4 programme.

The lessons can be taught as stand-alone lessons or lessons within a Politics scheme of work, which, if they are, are designed to be taught in the order they appear below.

Each lesson contains:

  • Aims
  • Objectives
  • Resources (the handouts are underneath the learning activities). 
  • Learning Activities

Lesson contents:

  • What does politics have to do with me?: 2 lessons.
  • How can we make a change?: 1 lesson.
  • Getting elected: 2 lessons.
  • Should we bother voting?: 1 lesson.
  • What happens if you get elected? 1 lesson.
  • An in-school election campaign: 10 lessons.
  • Tax and budgets: 2 lessons.
  • Pressure groups: 1 lesson.
  • Student protest: 2 lessons.
  • Comparative political systems: 3 lessons.
  • Democracy versus autocracy: 3 lessons.

Some of the lesson activities refer to pages in the Collins Edexcel GCSE textbook ‘Citizenship Today’ by Jenny Wales.

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Lessons 1-2: What Does Politics Have To Do With Me?

Aim: To understand the different ways politics affects our lives.

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Lesson 3: How Can We Make a Change?

Aim. To rank the best ways to make a change in society.

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Lesson 4-5: Getting Elected.

Aim: To find out how and why an MP gets elected.

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Lesson 6: Should We Bother Voting?

Aim: To use a card sort to comment on the pros and cons of voting.

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Lesson 7: What Happens If You Get Elected?

Aim: To find out the responsibilities MPs have.

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Lessons 8-17: An In-School Election Campaign.

Aims: To respond to school issues.

          To create a political party and win an election.

          To give reasons for your ideas, and advising others.

          To form a political party, creating a manifesto, speech, leaflet, name and slogan.

To present our work, hold an election and peer and self-assess each group.

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Lessons 18-19: Tax and Budgets.

Aim: To decide how tax should be spent within government departments.

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Lesson 20: Pressure Groups.

Aim: To look at the pros and cons of different types of protest.

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Lesson 21-22: Student Protest.

Aim: To hold a debate on whether / how students should protest.

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Lesson 23-25 Comparative Political Systems.

Aim: To create a booklet comparing the UK political system with another country.

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Lesson 26-28: Democracy Versus Autocracy.

Aim. To find the key elements of democracy and autocracy and apply them to school life.

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