ALL-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP ON POLITICAL LITERACY

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Political Literacy provides an all-party forum to discuss the current provision of citizenship and political education (in schools, further and higher education) and to explore how best to further strengthen political literacy education so that young people regardless of background, can play an informed, active role as citizens in our democracy.

The key aim of this APPG is to provide evidence for the importance of political literacy education in promoting youth participation in democratic life. The ultimate goal of this APPG being to ensure that all young people become politically literate by the time they finish their secondary education.

The secretariat is Shout Out UK

The APPG seeks to realise its key goal by supporting a mandate to:

(a) provide every child with a minimum entitlement of political literacy in school by, in the first instance, resourcing and monitoring existing requirements to teach citizenship education (including the role of teacher training) at Key Stages 3 and 4 in England and through alternative routes in the other constituent nations of the UK.

(b) explore the potential for new and/or improved qualifications related to political literacy, including the possibility to enhance provision through a Government & Politics GCSE, EPQ, BTEC etc as examples.

(c) strengthen the profile of political literacy in schools by incentivising educational authorities and system leaders to raise the status of citizenship and political education in the curriculum, as well as driving the increased uptake of related qualifications within existing assessment and classification metrics

(d) enhance and conduct research to provide evidence for the link between Political Literacy & democratic participation, as well as explore the best ways to deliver on the goal of ensuring all young people receive a political literacy education.

The group will explore and discuss a wide range of strategic measures, ideas and interventions to strengthen provision for and teaching of political literacy in schools. To ensure that the Curriculum meets young people’s needs and wants, we would like to include their voice in this discussion. In addition to this, we would like to ensure that Political Literacy is ingrained in all future democratic and youth initiatives, in order to build a healthy democracy.

Upcoming Events

5th December 2022

Political Literacy Day 2022

On 5th December, SOUK will be hosting a series of panels by a variety of civil society organisations on the various barriers to embedding political literacy education within the curriculum. Political Literacy Day 2022 will culminate with a hybrid event at Portcullis House, hosted by SOUK and the APPG on Political Literacy. It is an opportunity to celebrate the sector’s achievements, ascertain areas for improvement and learn more about how to actively participate in politics!

The various panels that will be running are listed below:

7th APPG meeting

Panel title: Political Literacy Day 2022

Last year, SOUK launched the Missing Link report with Dr James Weinberg, which concluded that democratic education existed on the periphery of many secondary education in schools. The 7th meeting of the APPG will build on the Missing Link report, with the presentation of topline conclusions by Dr James Weinberg from focus groups conducted with young people on their reactions to, and solutions for, the current quality and quantity of democratic education in England. This presentation will be followed by a Roundtable discussion on these findings between the APPG chairs, young people, civil society stakeholders, and the secretariat, Shout Out UK.

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Inspire, Debate, Change

Panel title: Too Poor for Politics

Do you think it is time to diversify British politics and extend the ladder to those at the bottom? In this panel discussion with Southampton Hub, we will explore factors that contribute to an elitist political system through the exclusion of poorer pupils from political participation.

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Migrant Democracy Project

Panel title: Migrants in UK Democracy

For Political Literacy Day, we will host a multilingual event to inform UK migrants about:

  • Their right to vote
  • How to register to vote
  • Why participate in democracy where they live
  • Changes brought by the Elections Act, including Photo ID and EU citizens voting rights changes
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The Missing Link Report

In 2021, Shout Out UK and Dr James Weinberg released a report titled ‘The Missing Link’, which examined the state of democratic education (i.e. the teaching of politics and political literacy in all forms) in English schools. The report concludes that democratic education exists as a peripheral feature of secondary education in England and is being delivered by non-specialists who neither feel prepared to teach it nor favour appropriate pedagogic practices.

Download the report

Political Literacy Day 2021

Last year, on 4 November, SOUK hosted a series of panel events with civil society organisations including The Economist Foundation, I Have A Voice, Unlock Democracy and Lie Detectors.

On the day, we held the 4th APPG meeting on Political Literacy which explored why Political Literacy is the cornerstone to creating a comprehensive education. With presentations from the WWF, Votes for Schools and spoken word performer George the Poet, we explored the links between climate change and political literacy, as well as young people’s attitudes towards climate change and the current real-life Political Literacy provisions available to young people.

Previous Meetings

House of Commons & Lords Members

  1. Simon Fell MP (Conservative Party) as Co-Chair
  2. Lord Ian Mcnicol (Labour Party) as Co-Chair
  3. Nickie Aiken MP (Conservative Party) as Vice-Chair
  4. Kim Leadbeater MP (Labour Party) as Vice-Chair
  5. Tracey Crouch MP (Conservative Party) as Vice-Chair
  6. Lord Chris Rennard (Liberal Democrat Party) as Secretary
  7. Lord David Blunkett (Labour Party)
  8. Lord Bird (Crossbench)
  9. Ben Bradley MP (Conservative Party)
  10. Caroline Lucas MP (Green Party)
  11. Owen Thompson MP (SNP)
  12. Yasmin Qureshi MP (Labour Party)
  13. Layla Moran MP (Liberal Democrat Party)
  14. Helen Hayes MP (Labour Party)
  15. Tim Loughton MP (Conservative Party)
  16. Flick Drummond MP (Conservative Party)
  17. Phillip Dunne MP (Conservative Party)
  18. Julie Marson MP (Conservative Party)
  19. Andrew Bowie MP (Conservative Party)
  20. Lord Andrew Lansley (Conservative Party)
  21. Christian Wakeford MP (Labour Party)
  22. Lord Simon Woolley (Labour Party)
  23. Kate Green MP (Labour Party)
  24. Afzal Khan MP (Labour Party)
  25. Ruth Jones MP (Labour Party)
  26. Rachel Hopkins MP (Labour Party)
  27. Cat Smith MP (Labour)
  28. Marion Fellows MP (SNP)
  29. Emma Hardy MP (Labour Party)
  30. Lord John Taylor (unaffiliated)

Academic Advisory Group

  1. Dr. James Weinberg, AAG lead
  2. Prof. Matthew Flinders, Sheffield University - Principal Special Adviser
  3. Dr Sarah Mills, Loughborough University
  4. Prof. Toby James, University of East Anglia - Fellow on Electoral Registration and Administration
  5. Dr Andrew Mycock, University of Huddersfield, Trustee of the Political Studies Association
  6. Prof. Angie Wilson, President of Political Studies Association (PSA)
  7. Prof. Rachel Gibson, Professor of Political Science at the University of Manchester
  8. Dr Ariadna Tsenina, Research Associate at the University of Manchester
  9. Dr Marina Cino Pagliarello, London School of Economics and Research Director for the project ‘Civic Education and Populism’/89Initiative
  10. Prof. James Sloam, Royal Holloway, University of London
  11. Dr. Cormac Mac Amhlaigh, Senior Lecturer in Public Law at the University of Edinburgh Political Studies Association (PSA)
  12. Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson, Senior Research Fellow, Speaking Citizens project, University of Sussex
  13. Dr Christine Huebner, Nottingham Trent University, Political Studies Association Young People’s Politics Specialist Group
  14. Dr Ali Bhagat, The University of Manchester
  15. Dr Edda Sant, Manchester Metropolitan University
  16. Professor Bryony Hoskins, University of Roehampton
  17. Dr Jan Eichhorn, University of Edinburgh & d|part
  18. Dr Deborah Ralls, Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences. The University of Newcastle.

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