Lesson 6: Local democracy

Beginning to understand how democracy works in the local area and how decisions are made by councillors.

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To begin to understand how democracy works in the local area

National curriculum

  • Democracy is not included in the statutory guidance however the DfE National Framework for Citizenship 2015 says schools should teach what democracy is and about the basic institutions that support it locally and nationally.  

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Could work in a group together and be given five of the cards from the Activity: Local issues cards so that there are fewer issues to debate.


Pupils working at greater depth: When prioritising spending, challenge them to look at the relationship between different services, for example if libraries close then there could be an impact on education, or if parks are not maintained there might be health problems.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Sarah Huggins,  
RSE & PSHE specialist
Sarah has over 20 years’ experience in education. Starting as a Primary teacher, Sarah then moved into an advisory role that covered both PSHE education and Citizenship. She delivers courses for teachers, as well as sessions for children and young…
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