The UK Youth Parliament is an excellent opportunity to meet and explore the requirements of Citizenship education for key stages 3 and 4 building on an awareness of democracy, government and how laws are made and upheld.
Through the UK Youth Parliament young people (11-18 years old) are encouraged to elect a youth representative in their local area to promote their views to decision makers. They are also encouraged to vote in the annual Make Your Mark ballot each October (Europe's largest youth consultation). The results of Make Your Mark are used locally and nationally results are debated by elected MYPs (Members of Youth Parliament) in the House of Commons each November to decide on the two most important campaigns UK Youth Parliament will focus on in the year ahead.
Here is a selection of resources which may be used to support Citizenship within your school, college or youth project.
British Youth Council: www.byc.org.uk
Download - British Youth Council Introduction to democracy and voting presentation
British Youth Council Resource centre: www.byc.org.uk/resources
UK Youth Parliament: www.ukyouthparliament.org.uk/
Video ‘Why Vote’: www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5PqRRvl30w&feature=youtu.be
Parliament Resources: www.parliament.uk/education/teaching-resources-lesson-plans/
Parliament Outreach: https://www.parliament.uk/education/outreach-in-your-school/
Young Citizen: www.youngcitizens.org
Young Citizen resources: www.youngcitizens.org/Pages/Category/teaching-materials