Lesson 6: National democracy

Children learn how the British government works

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To begin to understand how government works

Statutory guidance

  • 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.  
  • Democracy is also one of the fundamental British values.

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May find education or the environment the easiest topic to work on as they may have more direct experience.


Pupils working at greater depth: Can be challenged to select another minister who has responsibility for something they feel strongly about.

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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