Learning to speak out

Short clip of the story

In order to see this content you need to have both Javascript enabled and Flash installed. Visit BBC Webwise for full instructions

The video diary traces the progress of a young people's petition through to the National Assembly.

We see the opportunities for young people to participate in decision making, both locally and nationally and to engage in practical involvement in the community. Students are asked to action plan a campaign on an issue of their choice.

Lesson objectives

By the end of the lesson, ALL students will learn: That there are methods of getting their voices/opinions heard by people in authority who make decisions.

By the end of the lesson, MOST students should learn: That there are methods of getting their voice/opinion heard and the range of strategies that can be employed to make people in authority who make decisions to listen.

By the end of the lesson, SOME students could learn: That there are methods of getting their voice/opinions heard and identify the strategies that are most effective in getting people in authority who make decisions to listen.

Activities for the lesson

Could be delivered over two lessons.

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

Teacher input

Whole class

Teacher to introduce topic of young people having a say on affairs that affect them, teacher could recap previous learning on Human Rights / Children's Rights, specifically Articles 12-14:

"...the child who is capable of forming his or her own views [has] the right to express those views [and] the right to freedom of...thought, conscience and religion."

Lesson starter


"If you want to change something in your life, how do you go about getting it?"

Students are given two minutes to list the ways that they use to change something in their life.

What would you do?

Whole class

Receive feedback from starter activity - list the various ways suggested on a board; linking from personal to group issues.

How would they go about getting something for all young people in their area ot in Wales?

Video clip

Whole class

Students to watch the video clip at the top of this page.

What happens next?


Using Handout 1 - Seven Core Aims, students to record which of the 7 Core Aims are being facilitated.

Students to record their initial thoughts on what will happen to the petition next.

Class feedback

Whole class

Teacher to facilitate class feedback on Handout 1.

Identify positive and negative views on the value of petitions / work of the assembly.

Video clip

Whole class

Students to watch the second video clip:


Whole class

Teacher to facilitate class feedback on their expectations and the role of the Assembly Petition Committee.



Teachers to highlight the facts on Petitions on Handout 2 - Petitions. In pairs, students are to discuss and record a list of issues that they could campaign and draw up a petition on.

Alternatively students could be set the problem of getting free public transport for all 12-16 year olds in Wales. In pairs, students to action plan a campaign/ petition of their choice.


Whole class

Pairs to feedback their issues and action plans to the class and class to peer assess their campaigns.

Lesson recap

Whole class

Before showing the final clip, teacher to recap on the class's initial thoughts on what the outcome of the petition would be using:

Video clip

Whole class

Students to watch the final video clip

Group discussion

Whole class

Teacher to facilitate discussion with possible lead questions;

  • Why did the assembly feel the need to reply with a video?
  • Do students feel that the result of the petition- '2.7 million pounds being made available from April 09 to March 2010' was genuine or tokenistic?
  • Do they feel that their campaign would have the same result?

The value of petitions

Whole class

Ask students to assess the value of petitions as a way of changing things and consider the list of other actions identified at start of lesson.

Written comments


Teachers can use Handout 3 - Comment sheet to collect written comments from the students.

Icon key

Icon Key

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

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.