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Run a Mock Election in Your School

Monday 12th April 2010

This spring, Britain will go to the polls to decide the next government of the United Kingdom. Many pundits consider this the first truly "digital election". Parties, candidates and voters are expected to all be using the internet in new and innovate ways throughout the campaign, whether creating YouTube videos, posting on Twitter or setting up Facebook groups.  The Google School Election website has been set up to offer teachers and pupils resources about the General Electionand is also aiming to create a unique portrait of political feeling among Britain’s young people, through a mock election.

An election is a great time for your students to learn more about how democracy in Britain operates and these free teaching resources from Google will help you to structure debate and discussion in your classroom.  Resources include detailed lesson plans focused on democracy and the election for ages 11-14, 14-16 and 16+ with strong links to the Citizenship and General Studies curriculum, plus full teachers notes and fact sheets on all aspects of a general election. 

There are two pre-election lessons asking the students to investigate the different party’s policies and to think about what issues are most important to them; and a step-by-step guide for running a mock election in your class or as a whole school activity - with the opportunity to upload your results to a UK wide map.  Also a third lesson can be delivered after the General Election allowing students to reflect on the national results and what might happen next.

To find out more and register your school, visit the Google School Election website today.


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