Political Literacy Course
Our Political Literacy Course is our flagship programme which aims to get more young people interested and engaged in politics by teaching them about the processes within politics, public speaking and debating. The skills learned on this Course enhance the student’s self-image, confidence and emotional resilience.
What Does The Course Cover?
The Course covers an Introduction to British Politics (local and national, separation of powers, voting and debating), International Relations (Britain and the World, Media Literacy, Political Theory) and Employability & Politics (Oratory skills, debating and public speaking). In essence, the Course shows young people that politics is in everything we do in life – so it pays to be involved.
THE BENEFIT FOR STUDENTS
Improvement in Political Literacy & Democracy Education
The Course will enhance your students understanding of local and national politics. At the end of the Course they will have gained a clear understanding of how to engage in civic society, as well as the tools necessary to become active in our democracy.
Builds Employability Skills, Self-Esteem & Confidence
The Course places heavy emphasis on the teaching of ‘People Skills’: the art of verbal communication. It promotes the ability to speak in public, debate and present a discussion coherently, helping a student’s self-esteem and confidence. Both the ability to speak in public and convey a message coherently is incredibly important in today’s world, particularly when it comes to one’s employment prospects.
Stronger Communities, Promoting Activism and Resilience
The Course shows young people that politics is in everything we do in life; so it pays to be involved. This develops their critical thinking, communication skills and emotional resilience.
Unit Award Scheme Certificate
We are registered with AQA for the delivery of the Unit Award Scheme (UAS). Upon successful completion of each unit of the Course, students will receive a UAS certificate from AQA.
THE BENEFIT FOR SCHOOLS
Enrichment, British Values and Prevent requirements
Key components of a school’s Enrichment, British Values and Prevent requirements are met and evidenced.
Fits into Pupil Premium Funding
As our Course and workshops aim to boost oracy skills and political engagement, it is ideal for Pupil Premium Funding as it helps bridge the socio-economic gap of students with the above skills and knowledge.
Employers are calling for a generation with stronger people skills and emotional resilience. Our programmes do just that as they push a student’s comfort zone, challenging their opinion and building their confidence to ensure that your students not only are aware of the world around them but feel the confidence to express their opinions in a clear, coherent way.
FOR SCHOOLS AND PARENTS
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“The students who attended have said that they found it very interesting and one of them has been inspired to apply to become a member of the UK Youth Parliament!”
– Joanne Radiven, Teacher, Northgate Barnet School PRU
“Understanding Politics is key to understanding how society works. Shout Out UK’s Political Literacy Course supports students in developing their political awareness so they can take a more active role in society. After sitting in on several lessons with Shout Out UK and our students, I can honestly say it has been a fantastic opportunity for our students to develop their knowledge and awareness of current affairs as well as their ability to speak in public, debate and present a discussion coherently. This has also helped students to develop their self-esteem and confidence.”
– Roisin Murray, Teacher, Bentley Wood High School, Harrow
“At EEWB we believe that every child, regardless of background or circumstance, deserves a chance to succeed in life. We see the political literacy program as a key intervention program to supporting our belief, whilst educating young people about the laws and structures of a democratic society and engaging them as responsible citizens. This course is most beneficial to our learners and the positive outcomes we have documented are commendable.”
– JP Thangavalu, Director at EEWB Reform School (Pupil Referral Unit), Croydon
“Young people have important, inspiring contributions to make to politics and yet their voices are too often ignored. This course can help equip them with the tools to challenge decision makers better.”
– Fatima Manji, Channel 4 News
“Many of us have been crying out for neutral and balanced political education in schools for years. As Labour’s youngest MP I know how engaged and intellectually curious this generation is – but often they are failed by a system which does not provide them with even the most basic of political literacy they need to form their own judgement on the decisions being made in their name. Provided with the tools of political literacy combined with the networked information age, this generation has the potential to be the most knowledgeable, the most challenging and the most important political generation for many years – the important work for Shout Out UK begins that process.”
– Louise Haigh, Member of Parliament and Youngest Labour MP
“Understanding politics is part of being an active and engaged citizen – a civic responsibility – and this course will give you the tools necessary to understand and engage in politics.”
– Prof. Matthew Flinders, Sir Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics
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