This resource is aimed at developing professional capacity in practitioners, schools and community settings to develop and embed the key skills of political literacy in young people. The resource introduces the key skills of research, debate, and participation in political literacy. It includes workshop and reading materials supporting the professional development of political literacy skills.
Young people need to understand democratic processes, and to know how the people who we elect, and who represent us at local councils and parliaments, make important decisions that affect almost every aspect of our daily lives. The opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in political literacy can be found within every curricular area.
This resource supports practitioners, schools and community settings to reflect on how well they build capacity in learners to use their voice, participate and contribute to decision-making processes that are real and meaningful.
Who is this for?
This resource would be relevant to practitioners at all levels of broad general education and in some cases into the senior phase.
How to use this learning and assessment resource to improve practice
The resource contains materials which can be used directly in the classroom or other learning environments. It has professional learning resources to support practitioners in schools and community settings to develop professional dialogue, understanding and application of the key skills of political literacy in schools and communities. The resources could equally be used or adapted to engage parents, guardians and carers in the discussion. They also provide an extensive list of external resources which can be used by practitioners.
Am I confident about teaching political literacy?
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How can I use social media and digital learning in political literacy?
How can I improve participation in political literacy?
This short video explains the term political literacy and how it is relevant and important across all curriculum areas. It includes contributions from practitioners who have supported the development of political literacy, and from learners on the positive and engaging impact political literacy has had for them.
Examples of democracy and political literacy in schools
These video clips provide examples of how schools are developing political literacy skills and how young people are participating in the democratic process in both school and the local community.
In this video pupils from different schools in Scotland describe their involvement in consultative bodies such as school councils and committees, including eco-committees, and authority-wide student forums.
Primary school videos
In this playlist, you can choose from three videos:
Nesting Primary School - Using an ancient Viking tradition of democracy to share ideas and discuss issues
Ralston Primary - Applying political literacy skills in a whole school context
Lundin Mill Primary - Applying political literacy skills in a whole school context
Secondary school videos
In this playlist, you can choose from four videos clips:
Douglas Academy - Debating and public speaking
Active learning - Scottish Schools Parliamentary Election
St Margaret's Academy, West Lothian council - Building democratic literacy
Kersland School - Developing pupil voice and independent learning through strong partnerships in RME.