Make students aware of how local governments help them and the ways in which they affect their lives.
Help them understand the importance of their role within their local government and how they can take part in the democratic process.
This series of lesson plans explains the differences between the various levels of government. We look at the different responsibilities so that students can understand where decisions affecting them are made.
A student activity to identify the responsibilities of their local council. We also recap on the concept of councillors and local elections.
Students match departmental names with their responsibilities at a national level. Groups elect a “prime minister”, and decide which departments to have in their own government.
The class role-play as member states and begin to learn about the committee system used. Students represent individual countries and as groups, decide on the outcome of particular scenarios.
As assess the level of knowledge gained in this exercise, student must demonstrate that they understand where different decisions are made. A plenary exercise is also included.
These politics lessons can be used to support learning outcomes for Key Skills and Workplace Core Skills - Individual Rights and Responsibilities from City & Guilds. These lessons are also suitable for use with Skills Towards Enabling Progression "Step Up" - Rights and Responsibilities from NOCN; Citizenship Studies - Identity, Democracy and Justice from OCR.