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Voting Systems

Practitioner Guide and Support

Voting Systems Teaching Resources

Resource for teachers to provide opportunities for students to learn about and reflect on different systems for elections.
Worksheets

Voting Systems (Cymraeg)

This resource contains a table summarising the key points of voting systems used within the UK and in Europe, as well as ideas about how to encourage students to analyse their purpose, benefits and limitations.
Slides

Your Vote (Lesson 1) (England)

Slides for Lesson One: Your Vote.

This six-week scheme of work explores different elements of democracy and politics, including how to register to vote and to what to expect on polling day.

Young people will have the chance to design and implement their own campaign. You can use the full six-week programme, or choose the lessons which suit your group.

The lesson plans can also to be delivered during an off-timetable or drop down day., Slides for Lesson One: Your Vote.
Slides

People Power (Lesson 3) (England)

Slides for Lesson Three: People Power.
This six-week scheme of work explores different elements of democracy and politics, including how to register to vote and to what to expect on polling day.
Young people will have the chance to design and implement their own campaign. You can use the full six-week programme, or choose the lessons which suit your group.
The lesson plans can also to be delivered during an off-timetable or drop down day.
Slides

Campaigning (Lesson 4) (England)

Slides for Lesson Four: Campaigning.

This six-week scheme of work explores different elements of democracy and politics, including how to register to vote and to what to expect on polling day.

Young people will have the chance to design and implement their own campaign. You can use the full six-week programme, or choose the lessons which suit your group.

The lesson plans can also to be delivered during an off-timetable or drop down day.
Slides

Campaign Planning (Lesson 5) (England)

Slides for Lesson Five: Campaign Planning.

This six-week scheme of work explores different elements of democracy and politics, including how to register to vote and to what to expect on polling day.

Young people will have the chance to design and implement their own campaign. You can use the full six-week programme, or choose the lessons which suit your group.

The lesson plans can also to be delivered during an off-timetable or drop down day.
Slides

Democracy in Action (Lesson 6) (England)

Slides for Lesson Six: Democracy In Action.

This six-week scheme of work explores different elements of democracy and politics, including how to register to vote and to what to expect on polling day.

Young people will have the chance to design and implement their own campaign. You can use the full six-week programme, or choose the lessons which suit your group.

The lesson plans can also to be delivered during an off-timetable or drop down day.
Article

The Democracy Box Toolkit

This ‘story’ contains the basics which we think every citizen needs to know to fully participate in our UK democracy. Our UK democracy needs all citizens to be informed and actively encouraged to get involved, and know that it is their democratic right to challenge, question, protest, shape, critique, debate and influence our democracy all year round and not just at the ballot box.
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The Democracy Box Toolkit (Cymraeg)

Mae’r ‘stori’ hon yn cynnwys y pethau sylfaenol y credwn dylsai pob dinesydd wybod er mwyn cymryd rhan yn llawn yn ein democratiaeth yn y DU. Mae angen i bob dinesydd fod yn wybodus am ddemocratiaeth y DU a chael ei annog yn weithredol i gymryd rhan, a gwybod ei fod yn hawl ddemocrataidd i herio, cwestiynu, protestio, siapio, beirniadu, dadlau a dylanwadu ar ein democratiaeth drwy’r flwyddyn ac nid yn y blwch pleidleisio yn unig.
Slides

Your Vote (Lesson 1) (Wales) (English)

Slides for Lesson One: Your Vote.
This six-week scheme of work explores different elements of democracy and politics, including how to register to vote and to what to expect on polling day.
Young people will have the chance to design and implement their own campaign. You can use the full six-week programme, or choose the lessons which suit your group.
The lesson plans can also to be delivered during an off-timetable or drop down day., Slides for Lesson One: Your Vote.
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Your Vote (Lesson 1) (Wales) (Cymraeg)

Slides for Lesson One: Your Vote. (Cymraeg)
This six-week scheme of work explores different elements of democracy and politics, including how to register to vote and to what to expect on polling day.
Young people will have the chance to design and implement their own campaign. You can use the full six-week programme, or choose the lessons which suit your group.
The lesson plans can also to be delivered during an off-timetable or drop down day., Slides for Lesson One: Your Vote.
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Your Vote (Lesson 1) (Scotland)

Slides for Lesson One: Your Vote.
This six-week scheme of work explores different elements of democracy and politics, including how to register to vote and to what to expect on polling day.
Young people will have the chance to design and implement their own campaign. You can use the full six-week programme, or choose the lessons which suit your group.
The lesson plans can also to be delivered during an off-timetable or drop down day., Slides for Lesson One: Your Vote.
Slides

Our Democracy (Lesson 2) (Wales) (English)

Slides for Lesson Two: Our Democracy.

This six-week scheme of work explores different elements of democracy and politics, including how to register to vote and to what to expect on polling day.

Young people will have the chance to design and implement their own campaign. You can use the full six-week programme, or choose the lessons which suit your group.

The lesson plans can also to be delivered during an off-timetable or drop down day.
Slides

Our Democracy (Lesson 2) (Wales) (Cymraeg)

Slides for Lesson Two: Our Democracy. (Cymraeg)

This six-week scheme of work explores different elements of democracy and politics, including how to register to vote and to what to expect on polling day.

Young people will have the chance to design and implement their own campaign. You can use the full six-week programme, or choose the lessons which suit your group.

The lesson plans can also to be delivered during an off-timetable or drop down day.
Slides

Our Democracy (Lesson 2) (Scotland)

Slides for Lesson Two: Our Democracy.

This six-week scheme of work explores different elements of democracy and politics, including how to register to vote and to what to expect on polling day.

Young people will have the chance to design and implement their own campaign. You can use the full six-week programme, or choose the lessons which suit your group.

The lesson plans can also to be delivered during an off-timetable or drop down day.
Slides

Our Democracy (Lesson 2) (N Ireland)

Slides for Lesson Two: Our Democracy.

This six-week scheme of work explores different elements of democracy and politics, including how to register to vote and to what to expect on polling day.

Young people will have the chance to design and implement their own campaign. You can use the full six-week programme, or choose the lessons which suit your group.

The lesson plans can also to be delivered during an off-timetable or drop down day.
Slides

People Power (Lesson 3) (Wales) (English)

Slides for Lesson Three: People Power.

This six-week scheme of work explores different elements of democracy and politics, including how to register to vote and to what to expect on polling day.

Young people will have the chance to design and implement their own campaign. You can use the full six-week programme, or choose the lessons which suit your group.

The lesson plans can also to be delivered during an off-timetable or drop down day.
Slides

People Power (Lesson 3) (Wales) (Cymraeg)

Slides for Lesson Three: People Power. (Cymraeg)

This six-week scheme of work explores different elements of democracy and politics, including how to register to vote and to what to expect on polling day.

Young people will have the chance to design and implement their own campaign. You can use the full six-week programme, or choose the lessons which suit your group.

The lesson plans can also to be delivered during an off-timetable or drop down day.
Slides

People Power (Lesson 3) (Scotland)

Slides for Lesson Three: People Power.

This six-week scheme of work explores different elements of democracy and politics, including how to register to vote and to what to expect on polling day.

Young people will have the chance to design and implement their own campaign. You can use the full six-week programme, or choose the lessons which suit your group.

The lesson plans can also to be delivered during an off-timetable or drop down day.
Slides

People Power (Lesson 3) (N Ireland)

Slides for Lesson Three: People Power.

This six-week scheme of work explores different elements of democracy and politics, including how to register to vote and to what to expect on polling day.

Young people will have the chance to design and implement their own campaign. You can use the full six-week programme, or choose the lessons which suit your group.

The lesson plans can also to be delivered during an off-timetable or drop down day.
Slides

Campaigning (Lesson 4) (Wales) (English)

Slides for Lesson Four: Campaigning.

This six-week scheme of work explores different elements of democracy and politics, including how to register to vote and to what to expect on polling day.

Young people will have the chance to design and implement their own campaign. You can use the full six-week programme, or choose the lessons which suit your group.

The lesson plans can also to be delivered during an off-timetable or drop down day.
Slides

Campaigning (Lesson 4) (Wales) (Cymraeg)

Slides for Lesson Four: Campaigning. (Cymraeg)

This six-week scheme of work explores different elements of democracy and politics, including how to register to vote and to what to expect on polling day.

Young people will have the chance to design and implement their own campaign. You can use the full six-week programme, or choose the lessons which suit your group.

The lesson plans can also to be delivered during an off-timetable or drop down day.
Slides

Campaigning (Lesson 4) (Scotland)

Slides for Lesson Four: Campaigning.

This six-week scheme of work explores different elements of democracy and politics, including how to register to vote and to what to expect on polling day.

Young people will have the chance to design and implement their own campaign. You can use the full six-week programme, or choose the lessons which suit your group.

The lesson plans can also to be delivered during an off-timetable or drop down day.
Slides

Campaigning (Lesson 4) (N Ireland)

Slides for Lesson Four: Campaigning.

This six-week scheme of work explores different elements of democracy and politics, including how to register to vote and to what to expect on polling day.

Young people will have the chance to design and implement their own campaign. You can use the full six-week programme, or choose the lessons which suit your group.

The lesson plans can also to be delivered during an off-timetable or drop down day.
Slides

Campaign Planning (Lesson 5) (Wales) (English)

Slides for Lesson Five: Campaign Planning.

This six-week scheme of work explores different elements of democracy and politics, including how to register to vote and to what to expect on polling day.

Young people will have the chance to design and implement their own campaign. You can use the full six-week programme, or choose the lessons which suit your group.

The lesson plans can also to be delivered during an off-timetable or drop down day.
Slides

Campaign Planning (Lesson 5) (Wales) (Cymraeg)

Slides for Lesson Five: Campaign Planning. (Cymraeg)

This six-week scheme of work explores different elements of democracy and politics, including how to register to vote and to what to expect on polling day.

Young people will have the chance to design and implement their own campaign. You can use the full six-week programme, or choose the lessons which suit your group.

The lesson plans can also to be delivered during an off-timetable or drop down day.
Slides

Campaign Planning (Lesson 5) (Scotland)

Slides for Lesson Five: Campaign Planning.

This six-week scheme of work explores different elements of democracy and politics, including how to register to vote and to what to expect on polling day.

Young people will have the chance to design and implement their own campaign. You can use the full six-week programme, or choose the lessons which suit your group.

The lesson plans can also to be delivered during an off-timetable or drop down day.
Slides

Campaign Planning (Lesson 5) (N Ireland)

Slides for Lesson Five: Campaign Planning.

This six-week scheme of work explores different elements of democracy and politics, including how to register to vote and to what to expect on polling day.

Young people will have the chance to design and implement their own campaign. You can use the full six-week programme, or choose the lessons which suit your group.

The lesson plans can also to be delivered during an off-timetable or drop down day.
Slides

Democracy in Action (Lesson 6) (Wales) (English)

Slides for Lesson Six: Democracy In Action.

This six-week scheme of work explores different elements of democracy and politics, including how to register to vote and to what to expect on polling day.

Young people will have the chance to design and implement their own campaign. You can use the full six-week programme, or choose the lessons which suit your group.

The lesson plans can also to be delivered during an off-timetable or drop down day.
Slides

Democracy in Action (Lesson 6) (Wales) (Cymraeg)

Slides for Lesson Six: Democracy In Action. (Cymraeg)

This six-week scheme of work explores different elements of democracy and politics, including how to register to vote and to what to expect on polling day.

Young people will have the chance to design and implement their own campaign. You can use the full six-week programme, or choose the lessons which suit your group.

The lesson plans can also to be delivered during an off-timetable or drop down day.
Slides

Democracy in Action (Lesson 6) (Scotland)

Slides for Lesson Six: Democracy In Action.

This six-week scheme of work explores different elements of democracy and politics, including how to register to vote and to what to expect on polling day.

Young people will have the chance to design and implement their own campaign. You can use the full six-week programme, or choose the lessons which suit your group.

The lesson plans can also to be delivered during an off-timetable or drop down day.
Slides

Democracy in Action (Lesson 6) (N Ireland)

Slides for Lesson Six: Democracy In Action.

This six-week scheme of work explores different elements of democracy and politics, including how to register to vote and to what to expect on polling day.

Young people will have the chance to design and implement their own campaign. You can use the full six-week programme, or choose the lessons which suit your group.

The lesson plans can also to be delivered during an off-timetable or drop down day.
Practitioner Guide and Support

Educator Notes (England)

This document provides practitioner guidance on delivering the Welcome to Your Vote scheme of work.
Practitioner Guide and Support

Educator Notes (Wales) (English)

This document provides practitioner guidance on delivering the Welcome to Your Vote scheme of work.
Practitioner Guide and Support

Educator Notes (Wales) (Cymraeg)

This document provides practitioner guidance on delivering the Welcome to Your Vote scheme of work. (Cymraeg)
Practitioner Guide and Support

Educator Notes (Scotland)

This document provides practitioner guidance on delivering the Welcome to Your Vote scheme of work.
Practitioner Guide and Support

Educator Notes (N Ireland)

This document provides practitioner guidance on delivering the Welcome to Your Vote scheme of work.
Practitioner Guide and Support

Assembly Slides (England)

Assembly slides to introduce young people to politics and democracy and elections in England.
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Assembly Slides (Wales) (English)

Assembly slides to introduce young people to politics and democracy and elections in Wales.
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Assembly Slides (Wales) (Cymraeg)

Assembly slides to introduce young people to politics and democracy and elections in Wales. (Cymraeg)
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Assembly Slides (Scotland)

Assembly slides to introduce young people to politics and democracy and elections in Scotland.
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Assembly Slides (N Ireland)

Assembly slides to introduce young people to politics and democracy and elections in Northern Ireland.
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Referendum Delivery Slides

Engage young people in their own referendum.

By the end of the project learners will understand that:
I have a voice and my vote makes my voice heard
I have the power, through my vote, to influence decision making

Students will be able to demonstrate this understanding by campaigning for and participating in an authentic school-based referendum.
Practitioner Guide and Support

Referendum Educators Notes

Engage young people in their own referendum.

By the end of the project learners will understand that:
I have a voice and my vote makes my voice heard
I have the power, through my vote, to influence decision making

Students will be able to demonstrate this understanding by campaigning for and participating in an authentic school-based referendum.
Practitioner Guide and Support

Referendum Overview for School Leaders

Engage young people in their own referendum.

By the end of the project learners will understand that:
I have a voice and my vote makes my voice heard
I have the power, through my vote, to influence decision making

Students will be able to demonstrate this understanding by campaigning for and participating in an authentic school-based referendum.
Website

Curriculum for Wales - Primary (English)

The Curriculum for Wales provides schools with a clear purpose to deliver effective democracy education. This requires a whole school approach, with opportunities for learning in and out of the classroom and a clear culture that supports learners to participate in their school community and beyond.

This website is relevant for learners in primary school in the English language.

Website

Curriculum for Wales - Secondary (English)

The Curriculum for Wales provides schools with a clear purpose to deliver effective democracy education. This requires a whole school approach, with opportunities for learning in and out of the classroom and a clear culture that supports learners to participate in their school community and beyond.

This website is relevant for learners in secondary school in the English language.
Website

Curriculum for Wales - Primary (Cymraeg)

The Curriculum for Wales provides schools with a clear purpose to deliver effective democracy education. This requires a whole school approach, with opportunities for learning in and out of the classroom and a clear culture that supports learners to participate in their school community and beyond.

This website is relevant for learners in primary school in the Welsh language.
Website

Curriculum for Wales - Secondary (Cymraeg)

The Curriculum for Wales provides schools with a clear purpose to deliver effective democracy education. This requires a whole school approach, with opportunities for learning in and out of the classroom and a clear culture that supports learners to participate in their school community and beyond.

This website is relevant for learners in secondary school in the Welsh language.
Podcast

What is the Democracy Box?

The Democracy Box is not about elections. It is not about party politics. The Democracy Box, just like democracy itself, is not simply about voting. If we live in a true democracy then surely everyone in the country needs to know and understand the basics of how that democracy works. In this episode Yvonne Murphy outlines The Democracy Box project’s vision and aims and we hear from four young guests about why we need to find new ways to intrigue and inspire people to play a part in, and shape the future of, our UK democracy. Lauren & Alex talk about their experience as young co-creators on the project which lead to this podcast series and Ieuan and Nirushan talk about why, as Youth Cymru Peer Leaders, they are supporting the project and their work on the ‘Power of your Vote’ and their own podcast series called YouthPod.
Podcast

What is Democracy?

Lauren and Alex talk to a young Welsh voter to discuss what Democracy really means. Plus, Stephen Doughty MP is Alex and Lauren's guest in 'Picking Brains'.
Podcast

The 3 Levels of Government You Need to Know About


Lauren and Alex are joined by guest Molly to explore the difference between between councillors, MPs and members of devolved parliaments. How do the three areas of government work, who does what, why and where? In 'Picking Brains', they interview Jenny Rathbone the Member of Senedd for Cardiff Central.
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The Difference Between Parliament & Government

Lauren & Alex welcome Abbie as their guest to chat about what parliament and government do, and how they are two very different things. In 'Picking Brains', Alex and Lauren interview Councillor Lis Burnett, Deputy Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council.
Podcast

Voting Systems

Democracy is all year round, it's not just about election days and voting. Alex and Lauren chat to this week’s guest, Binta, about the different ways our votes get counted and how everyone, whatever their age, can get involved and help shape our democracy in the UK, all the time. This week’s 'Picking Brains' section is hosted by young co-creator Sean Baldock who interviews David T C Davies, MP for Monmouth.
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Music, Instagram & Democracy

Young co-creators Saskia, Sean and Emily chat with Yvonne about their approaches to telling the story of our UK democracy including using rap & Instagram. In the 'Picking Brains' section, Alex and Lauren interview Councillor Ruba Sivagnanam.
Podcast

Not Too Young and Not Too Dumb

Yvonne is in conversation with two young co-creators (Lucy & Katherine) plus Democracy Box collaborators Sophie Howe (Future Generation’s Commissioner) & Ella Downing (from the Electoral Commission). They discuss democracy beyond elections - how can young people stay informed and engaged all year round, not just at the ballot box?
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The Young Co-Creators's Verdict

To wrap up this series, the young co-creators gather to discuss what The Democracy Box has achieved, how it has helped them, what they've learnt, and what they think should happen in the future. In 'Picking Brains' Alex and Lauren talk to Councillor Rhiannon Birch, leader of Penarth Town Council.
Podcast

Well-being of Future Generations Act, Local Elections & Manifestos (English)

The Democracy Box podcast series is back with 6 brand new bilingual episodes in partnership with the Office of the Future Generations Commissioner to help everyone understand this ground-breaking area of Welsh/UK democracy.
In the first two of these new episodes Democracy Box young co-creators chat to young people in the Office of the Future Generations Commissioner team to work out what they think about the Well-being of Future Generations Act, Local Elections and Manifestos
In this English language episode young co-creators Olivia & Lloyd chat to Tatty and Leah.
Podcast

Well-being of Future Generations Act, Local Elections & Manifestos (Cymraeg)

The Democracy Box podcast series is back with 6 brand new bilingual episodes in partnership with the Office of the Future Generations Commissioner to help everyone understand this ground-breaking area of Welsh/UK democracy.
In the first two of these new episodes Democracy Box young co-creators chat to young people in the Office of the Future Generations Commissioner team to work out what they think about the Well-being of Future Generations Act, Local Elections and Manifestos.
In this Welsh language episode young co-creators Kat & Rhys chat to Huw and Deian.
Video

How old do you have to be to vote in UK elections?

Young Co-Creators Lloyd and Lucy break down how old you have to be to vote in various types of elections around the UK.
Slides

Your Vote (Lesson 1) (Northern Ireland)

Slides for Lesson One: Your Vote.
This six-week scheme of work explores different elements of democracy and politics, including how to register to vote and to what to expect on polling day.
Young people will have the chance to design and implement their own campaign. You can use the full six-week programme, or choose the lessons which suit your group.
The lesson plans can also to be delivered during an off-timetable or drop down day., Slides for Lesson One: Your Vote.