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No Political Literacy In Your School?
IT’S NOT YOUR FAULT
Politics has been left out the core curriculum for far too long, and with shrinking budgets schools end up focusing on ‘traditional subjects’.
We are on a mission to help schools implement Political Literacy in the easiest and most cost-effective way possible.
Our E-platform is a system that has changed the lives of just about every school we have worked with.
And we’re going to show you exactly how!
Political Literacy Programme:
Our Political Literacy programme supports delivery of political education as part of Enrichment or PSHE in the most engaging way for both teachers and students! You will be able to use our ‘pick-up and go’ resources to run the course yourselves via our online E-Platform, with a series of animations, editable slideshows and full teaching resources. Or one of our experienced facilitators can run the programme at your venue, if you prefer the offline touch.
The programme covers an Introduction to British Politics (voting, Parliament, contacting MPs), International Relations and Political Theory (Left and Right wing, international bodies), Media Literacy (how to critically analyse the media and deal with misinformation) and Employability skills (debating and public speaking).
Our Political Literacy course is available for KEY STAGE 3, 4 and 5. This allows you to implement it throughout your whole school!
All activities with students can be done either online via our E-Platform or offline through our workbooks, ensuring that which ever way you run it, it’s super easy to track student progress!
Our E-Platform For Enrichment:
Within our Political Literacy E-Platform, you will be able to set up and run a School Student Union within your school, ensuring that students will practice what they have learned during our Political Literacy programme within the safety of the school environment! Our E-Platform automates most Student Union functions, ensuring maximum impact with minimum effort.
The Eplatform also gives you the opportunity to install a digital ‘newsrooms’ in your schools, allowing your students to write on issues they care about either around school or within their local community! The platform ensures that all articles ‘published’ go through moderation and only the best approved articles get published on our main website.
A fantastic way to give both young budding politicians a platform to campaign, engage in career building skills and for young budding journalists to begin building their portfolio of work!
Booking additional Workshops for drop-down days or specialist months (e.g. Black History Month) has never been easier, ensuring that you are always on top of the pressing discussions, enriching your school and your students experience and ensuring you have professionals and experts on any given topic just one click away.
Tailor the ideal package that is right for YOU and your School!
All resources and activities ensure that key components of a school’s Enrichment, Character Education, PSHE, British Values and Prevent requirements are met and evidenced.
Offline Workshops and Assemblies
Workshops: 30 Students Max, normally 2hrs | Assemblies: 100+ Students, normally 20-45min |
Hackathons: 50+ Students, normally 2-5hrs
TITLE: Political Literacy, An Introduction to British Politics
A practical introduction to our political system, elections and the importance of power in our society. Answering key questions such as: Are we a democracy or a monarchy? Who truly holds the political power; the Prime Minister or the Queen? Why do we still have the house of lords? This workshop will finish with a mock debate on a current issue, allowing the young people to interact with current British political issues.
TITLE: Hacking Youth Leadership
A hackathon focuses on audience-led problem-solving. Groups are formed, the issue to solve is presented with all possible reasons as to why that issue exists. Then each individual is tasked with coming up with as many ideas as possible in order to solve that particular issue. Finally, in their groups, the students have to cut down each of their various ideas – with only 2 remaining per group by the end.
*Hackathon’s can be on any issue young people feel passionate about. Previous examples: How can we engage more women in politics and How can young people stop Knife Crime.
TITLE: What are Human Rights – The Human Rights Act OR A Bill of Rights?
The workshop will help students understand the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and the debate around replacing the Human Rights Act with a Bill of Rights. This is relevant and important as Britain moves towards leaving the European Union.
The workshop will end with the students holding an interactive debate on ‘Should We Have A UK Bill Of Rights’?
TITLE: Media Minded – How to Critically Analyse The Media
STYLE: Classroom Workshop
With the huge quantity of information and diverse opinions expressed through the new, the traditional and social media, it is increasingly important to critically examine the media that we consume every day. Interpretations of current events vary widely across media platforms, all of which can have an influence on our perspectives and behaviour. Students will engage in spirited discussions on the role of the media and strategies to develop informed opinions. Participants will be asked to examine a range of media sources and identify the narrative and core message of each piece.
TITLE: The politics of Star Wars
The Star Wars movies were about many things- good versus evil, The Hero’s Journey, Tolerance versus oppression, and so on. The workshop introduces students to some of the political ideas and concepts which are prevalent in the franchise. What can Star Wars tell us about our own world, history and politics?
TITLE: Black History Month
STYLE: Workshop, Assembly
Black History Month is celebrated in the UK every October. Learn about the history and modern problems surrounding race issues in Britain.
Is feminism outdated? Discuss the role of intersectionality, the gender pay gap, and the rise in ‘radical feminism’ in the 21st century.
LGBT+ Awareness workshops can help promote an atmosphere of acceptance and respect within schools. Learn about the history of LGBT+ rights, language developments and media involvement.
TITLE: Run Your Own Parliamentary Debate
STYLE: Classroom Workshop or Debate Club
We explore MPs and how they debate / what topics they debate. Students are then given the chance to have their own debate. Students will be taught how to professionally debate in the formal parliamentary standard with the facilitator advising on how best to set up an argument and the rules of parliamentary debating. They will then be put into teams and pitted against each other in a professional debate setting, with the facilitator acting as the chair. This will be turned into a friendly competition, offering students public speaking skills, confidence and emotional resilience.
TITLE: YOUR VOICE- Public speaking
STYLE: Classroom Workshop x 3
Public speaking and presenting can be a daunting task for people, and this is especially true for young people. In this workshop we aim to develop skills in public speaking with a political twist. At the end of this block of workshops students will feel more confident in their ability to speak publicly and put forward a persuasive, eloquent and coherent argument on a topic they are passionate about.
Here’s How We Help
Students will get the chance to improve their People Skills via debates and public speaking exercises during the programme. These transferable skills are highly valuable especially for their future career prospects!
The programme ends with a Speech Night, during which your students will deliver speeches on issues they’re passionate about in front of their parents/carers and local/regional/national politicians hosted right at your school!
When you have Political Literacy, you begin to build Stronger and more Resilient Communities, and to promote Activism to incite positive change.
This enhances your students’ ability to influence local policymaking, to engage in activism and to build their overall Emotional Resilience and Confidence. They will also register to vote!
The programme will help your students become responsible media consumers, by teaching them how to critically analyse the information they see on social media, and to identify Misinformation, Disinformation and Fake News.
WHAT TEACHERS HAVE SAID
“The students have loved using the platform, they have found it easy to navigate once logged in and have enjoyed the content.”
– Tom Lecoq, Wren School
“Understanding Politics is key to understanding how society works. Shout Out UK’s Political Literacy Course supports students in developing their political awareness so they can take a more active role in society. After sitting in on several lessons with Shout Out UK and our students, I can honestly say it has been a fantastic opportunity for our students to develop their knowledge and awareness of current affairs as well as their ability to speak in public, debate and present a discussion coherently. This has also helped students to develop their self-esteem and confidence.”
– Roisin Murray, Teacher, Bentley Wood High School
“The students who attended have said that they found it very interesting and one of them has been inspired to apply to become a member of the UK Youth Parliament!”
– Joanne Radiven, Teacher, Northgate Barnet School PRU
“We have finally got all of our Year 10’s through the course!
We are very happy with the E-platform, it is very easy to use. The student’s especially enjoyed the graphic animation films that went with the course!”
– Steph MacDonald, Christopher Whitehead Language College
“I found the E-platform easy to navigate, with lots of interactive features and links to other material. Teaching resources were also very good.”
– Daniel Cooper, Salvatorian College
WHAT OUR PARTNERS HAVE SAID
“Understanding politics is part of being an active and engaged citizen – a civic responsibility – and this course will give you the tools necessary to understand and engage in politics.”
– Prof. Matthew Flinders, Sir Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics
“Young people have important, inspiring contributions to make to politics and yet their voices are too often ignored. This course can help equip them with the tools to challenge decision makers better.”
– Fatima Manji, Channel 4 News