With the general election, on June the 8th, fast approaching; we thought this was an ideal opportunity to share with parents information about the Life Skills lessons we will be giving to students about the British voting system and democracy over
the next few weeks.
At Ivanhoe we encourage students to be proactive and responsible global citizens, so we are keen to give them the skills to be able to investigate, question and make informed decisions for themselves. As such our lessons will be impartial, and not influenced by any member of staff’s personal political leanings; they will be encouraged to broaden their own perspectives.
Students will be using their existing knowledge of British democracy to explore the policies of the three main political parties, and considering how different pledges in the manifestos would impact them personally between now and the next general election. They will also discuss the reasons for and against voting. As a homework task they will be asked to investigate one of two non main political parties as well as have discussions with adults in their lives. We will also be holding a mock election in school.
As many of our Year 9 students will be old enough to vote in the next General Election, around 2022, we see this as an excellent opportunity to build confidence in our students to believe that their views and aspirations are valid, and to encourage them to use their vote in the future.
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