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Make Political Education compulsory in Key Stages 2 & 3, and optional in Key Stage 4

Submitted on Tuesday 16th August 2011

Rejected on Wednesday 21st June 2017

Current status: Rejected

Rejection code: duplicate (see below for details)

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Make Political Education compulsory in Key Stages 2 & 3, and optional in Key Stage 4

Additional Information

I would like this government to make our National Curriculum encompass political education, making it compulsory in both Key Stages 2 & 3, and an option for pupils to take in both Key Stages 4 & 5 in every school/college.

The reason for introducing political education is to ensure that young people are fully aware of this country's democracy and electoral processes to ensure that when they reach the age to vote they are fully aware of what happens, and can make a more informed choice.

The subject should cover how to vote, how to register to vote, how the UK Parliament, devolved parliaments (i.e. Northern Ireland Assembly), and local authorities operate as well as the EU, UN, and other aspects of international politics. It should also cover different voting systems, and the Monarchy.

Each school year should teach more complex issues relating to politics, with Key Stage 2 simply teaching the pure basics of our democracy.

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