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Democracy on the curriculum.

Democracy on the curriculum.

Comments such as “What’s the point in voting?” and “I don’t understand what I’m voting for” are commonplace in my further education college. Engaging young people in politics and democracy is hard, and getting through these negative barriers is the first hurdle.

As a government and politics teacher, it is my role to promote such discussions. Democracy is also a topic that schools in England are required to teach, as part of government guidance on promoting British values in the education system.

The Brexit vote, bringing major constitutional change, and the snap general election mean that it’s a subject of particular relevance right now. So what can teachers do to inform and engage young people in this issue?

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