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A tongue-in-cheek look at the role of local councils with an account of how young people engaged their local Councillors in Aberystwyth.
Students will plan their own campaign on a local issue that is pertinent to them and evaluate the strategies used to help them understand the opportunities for young people to participate in decision-making both locally and nationally.

Lesson objectives

By the end of the lesson, ALL students will learn: The role of local councils and understand how they can participate in decision-making processes that affect them.

By the end of the lesson, MOST students should learn: The role of local councils, understand and plan their participation in a decision-making process on an issue that affects them.

By the end of the lesson, SOME students could learn: To critically analyse the role of the local council and the way in which they can participate and influence a decision-making process on an issue that affects them.

Activities for the lesson

Equipment required: ICT Internet / projector, Whiteboard, Printed handouts

Lesson starter : Odd one out

Whole class

Share out Handout 1 - Odd one out and ask students to look and the three images presented and think of reasons why one picture does not fit with the others. There is no correct answer, the purpose is to develop thinking and reasoning skills.

Teacher Input

Whole class

Teacher to give a brief resume of the role of local councils, identifying the name of their local council and the councillors representing the school area.

Video clip


Teacher to introduce Handout 2 - Video keywords.

Working in pairs, students are to make notes on each keyword as they watch the video - Guide to Local Councils.



Pairs to look at others each notes and aim to complete the keyword sheet using memory and recall.


Whole class

Teacher to discuss notes made on the video keywords to ensure complete coverage and correct any misunderstanding. Answers could be provided on the board.

Class discussion

Whole class

Teacher to facilitate class discussion on 'Should Councillors listen to the views of young people?'

Could use 5 W's:

  • Why should they listen to them?
  • Who should they talk to?
  • Where would they meet them?
  • When could they talk to Councillors?
  • What are the issues they could talk to the councillors about?

Video clip

Whole class

Teacher to show the video clip at the top of this page on how a group of young people in Aberystwyth engaged with local councillors to campaign for a facility in their local area.


Whole class

Teacher to facilitate a discussion on their response to the video.

  • Do students think this was an effective way of engaging Councillors?
  • What do they think would have happened next?
  • How does this method compare with letter writing, petitions?

Planning a Campaign


Using Handout 3 - Planning a campaign in my area, students to work in groups of four to identify an issue that concerns them in the local community and devise an action plan to raise awareness of the problem and engage the local Councillors in an original and exciting way.

Each group will prepare a presentation of their issue and campaign proposals to the class.



Groups to present their Campaign ideas to the class.



Teacher to facilitate peer assessment of the campaign issue and plan and also the quality of each group's presentation.

Written comments


Teachers can use Handout 4 - Comment sheet to collect written comments from the students.

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Key skills and learning skills

  • Communication
  • Application of number
  • ICT
  • Problem solving
  • Working with others
  • Improving own performance
  • Critical thinking
  • Creative thinking
  • Exploring meaning
  • Reflection
  • Research skills
  • Presentation skills

AFL strategies

  • Sharing learning objectives
  • Use of questioning
  • Effective feedback
  • Modelling
  • Pupil self assessment
  • Peer assessment
  • Ongoing assessment
  • Adjusting teaching/reviewing
  • Plenary

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