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A presentation to introduce S3 Standard Grade students to the UK's political spectrum. Including video clip from BBC and groupwork exercise to tie into a longer project.

A presentation to introduce S3 Standard Grade students to the UK's political spectrum. Including video clip from BBC and groupwork exercise to tie into a longer project.

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  • 1. UK Political Parties
  • 2. In this session we will:
    • Take a look at the main political parties in the UK
    • Learn what a party manifesto is.
    • Work in groups to construct our own Manifesto.
    • - This will be part of a 2 week long project
  • 3. The Political Compass:
  • 4. Manifesto
    • Every Politcal Party has a Manifesto .
    • It is the document which outlines the party’s policies – the list of things the party will do if they win the election.
    • So, are policies important?
  • 5. Policies
    • A policy is a plan or course of action.
    • A policy is intended to influence
    • and determine decisions or actions.
    • We’re going to look at the policies of some of the parties involved in the recent EU elections...
  • 6. LABOUR PARTY
    • Leader:  Gordon Brown
    • Policies: 
    • Stresses importance of British membership of EU when it comes to big transnational issues such as climate change and security.
    • Also pledges to ensure EU delivers for British people on jobs, crime and prosperity. Backs the Lisbon Treaty.
  • 7. CONSERVATIVES
    • Leader:  David Cameron
    • Policies: 
    • Backs the EU but wants a halt to further political integration and return of key law making powers to nation states.
    • Opposes the Lisbon Treaty and says it will hold a referendum on it if elected to power before it comes into force.
  • 8. LIBERAL DEMOCRATS
    • Leader:  Nick Clegg
    • Policies:  
    • Traditionally the most pro-European of the big three parties. Nick Clegg has urged Britain to "stand tall" and play its full part in the EU, which he says has a vital role on big issues such as climate change and security.
    • Backs the Lisbon Treaty but wants a referendum on Britain's continued EU membership with aim of highlighting positives of membership.
  • 9. GREEN PARTY
    • Leader:  Caroline Lucas
    • Policies: 
    • Pushing economic rescue plan, alongside traditional emphasis on the environment.
    • Pro-European but also want democratic reform and clean-up of EU and referendum on Lisbon Treaty.
    • Promising "positive and clean" alternative to big parties.
  • 10. SCOTTISH NATIONAL PARTY
    • Leader:  Alex Salmond
    • Policies:  
    • Campaigns for Scotland to be independent nation with the EU.
    • Has pledged to fight for jobs and boost economic recovery. Wants vote on Lisbon Treaty.
  • 11. BRITISH NATIONAL PARTY
    • Leader:  Nick Griffin
    • Policies: 
    • Withdrawal from EU.
    • End immigration.
    • "Voluntary repatriation" of ethnic minorities.
    • Preference in jobs and housing for indigenous Britons.
  • 12. Groupwork Task
  • 13. Groupwork
    • Over the next 2 weeks, we will learn about UK Politics
    • by doing rather than reading.
    • In your groups you will
      • Create a manifesto
      • Nominate your Candidate
      • Hit the Campaign Trail
      • Take part in an Election
    • You will also learn about
      • Political Representation and Equality
      • Different Voting Systems
  • 14.  
  • 15. The Campaign
    • Your group is a new Political Party.
    • There is a Class Election coming up soon.
    • The winning Party will form a government.
    • This government will decide class policy.
    • e.g.:
      • What, when and how we learn
      • The resources we use
      • How we use the time in the class.
  • 16. Task 1
    • Your group must build a Party manifesto outlining how you will run the class if you win the election.
    • You will need to have between 4 and 6 policies to be eligible for election.
      • Remember, you want to appeal to as many voters as possible to ensure your election
        • think about the Political compass!
  • 17. In this session we have:
    • Taken a look at the main political parties in the UK
    • Learned what a party manifesto is.
    • Constructed our group Manifestos