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A learner’s journey through democratic education

A good democracy education will ensure that all learners have the opportunities they need to become “ethical, informed citizens who understand and exercise their human and democratic responsibilities and rights” (Curriculum for Wales).

Schools can support progress both by teaching learners about democracy but also giving them opportunities to learn through democracy by creating a participatory school culture. Through a literature review, The Electoral Commission have identified 6 principles for good democracy education. 

  • Principle 1: Learn about democracy
  • Principle 2: Participate in democratic processes
  • Principle 3: Use their voice in open discussions
  • Principle 4: Contribute to their community
  • Principle 5: Be part of an inclusive culture
  • Principle 6: Get involved in decision making

In addition to these principles, the evidence is clear that commitment by the headteacher to meaningful participation all year round is essential. This includes developing a genuinely participatory school culture that intentionally empowers learners, rather than using it as a means of control or as a way to imitate democracy.

Embedding democratic education in the Curriculum for Wales: Humanities

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