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Teacher Introduction: The Political Literacy Course
From January 2016, we have launched The Political Literacy Course, the course covers an intro into British Politics, International Relations (Britain and the world) and finally Employability and Politics, which would cover campaigning, fund-raising, public speaking and debating. In essence showing young people that politics is in everything we do in life so it pays to be involved.
The course puts heavy enthasis on People Skills: The art of verbal communication. The course promotes the ability to speak in public, debate and present a discussion coherently helping student’s self-esteem and confidence.
We are inviting all teachers interested in launching this course to join us at our office for an introduction to the course!
Certificates and Credit
All students who satisfactorily complete the programme will be awarded a unit 2 qualification from AQA, which is internationally recognised and highly valued by both employers and higher education institutions.
Work Experience For Top Students
Due to our contacts and partners in the Political Industry, from MPs to Journalists, we will be offering 1 week work experiences and 1 day open house events for young people that have taken the course and are interested in pursuing a career in the field.
Unit Breakdown and What will be covered
What is Politics? The student will gain an understanding of the current British political system, the corridors of power and the process in which legislation is passed. As well as the constitution of the British parliament, including the House of Lords and House of Commons. The power of the media and how to run a successful campaign and fund-raising initiative.
The International Community. The EU and UN in GeoPolitics. The Student will also gain understanding of international trade and economic co-operation. Plus an understanding of Corporate Politics and the power of business in 21st century politics.
Professional Parliamentary debating and public speaking. The variety of employability routes available in the political industry from MPs offices, lobby groups, Charities and Political News Desks and how to get there.
Each unit will be assessed in accordance with AQA regulation.
Quotes and Support
"At EEWB we believe that every child regardless of background or circumstance, deserves a chance to succeed in life". We see the political literacy program as a key intervention program to supporting our belief whilst educating young people about the laws and structures of a democratic society and engaging them as responsible citizens. This course is most beneficial to our learners and the positive outcomes we have documented are commendable."
-JP Thangavalu, Director, EEWB
"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
“Many of us have been crying out for neutral and balanced political education in schools for years. As Labour’s youngest MP I know how engaged and intellectually curious this generation is – but often they are failed by a system which does not provide them with even the most basic of political literacy they need to form their own judgement on the decisions being made in their name. Provided with the tools of political literacy combined with the networked information age, this generation has the potential to be the most knowledgable, the most challenging and the most Important political generation for many years – the important work for ShoutoutUK begins that process.”
-Louise Haigh, Member of Parliament and Youngest Labour MP