An Election Guide for schools

We’ve teamed up with The Day to share this handy Election Guide infographic. It explains the countdown to May 7th, polling day, ways to vote and how a government is formed.

Election Guide from The Day

The Day is a digital news resource for schools and educators, used in over 1200 schools across the world. They’ve produced this infographic to help teachers talk about the 2015 election process in schools. They’ve devoted a whole section of their site to the 2015 election with guides to the parties, a quiz, briefings on election issues and a slideshow of election posters from past campaigns.

UK secondary schools that they speak to are getting really involved in the election. Some are holding their own hustings, leader’s debates and mock elections, with students speaking for each party and 6th formers acting as returning officers. One school will have year 12 politics students leading a special assembly, and another said they would have regular form time sessions across the school throughout April. The Day asked students to write about who they would vote for if they could and they’ve had responses from Year 7 (11 year olds) all the way up to 6th form.

Some teachers have been taking the Vote for Policies survey to their students, helping them compare policies in the party’s own words.

Founder of Vote for Policies, Matt Chocqueel-Mangan writes in The Day about our survey and why it’s important to engage schools and teachers on policies and democracy.