Having a say

Citizenship lessons
Liz Moorse, Val Pumfrey, Zoe Bowden and Ryan Mason
Millicent Fawcett Statue - The Cast of Sylvia - Garry Knight

This sequence of lessons is appropriate for addressing the relevant requirements of the National Curriculum for Citizenship on parliamentary democracy, voting and elections, justice, liberty and equality, as well as how citizens today take positive democratic action. The lessons draw on the historical context of the struggle for women’s equality and why it is relevant today, and can be linked to teaching about suffrage in History.

The lessons are designed for use with Key Stage 3 students and may be adapted for use with Key Stage 4. At the start of each lesson, there is a knowledge check to help teachers check that students have grasped the knowledge from previous sections. Activities in the lessons can also be used flexibly for example as part of assemblies, workshops or off-timetable sessions with students.

Key learning points

Alongside the lessons, a number of case studies have been written to provide teachers with starting points for exploring changemakers and campaigners who continue to press for greater equality in society. These are included in the Resources pack. Also linked below is a film interview between students at Hamilton Academy in Leicestershire and Baroness Garden of Frognal, a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords, on the issue of progress towards equality for women and women in politics.

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