Current party positions on education

This section focuses on the current education polices of the leading political parties in the UK.

You could begin thinking about politics in education with a pre-assessment of what learners know. This could consist of questions about the names of the party leaders, the differences between the House of Commons and House of Lords and perhaps a ‘categorisation’ task of matching current MPs to the party they are a member of. This is helpful as you have a starting point for learner knowledge.

After doing this, Parliament’s page has the names and links to the websites of the different political parties. Again, it will be interesting to know which ones they are aware of and what they know about them.

Discover More Political parties in Parliament

The class could be split into groups to research the current proposals from their party to summarise for the rest of the class. This is a good time to make a link to media bias, so remind learners about media ownership and why it’s important that we are aware of this. A helpful report and summary can be found here:

Discover More New Report: Who Owns the UK Media in 2019?

An extension task that could be set from this is to figure out a way of cross-referencing positive and negative coverage of parties and their policies/leaders/MPs to different media outlets

Party websites can be found here:


More Resources from Discover Sociology


Some useful background reading for use as a flipped resource for the lesson can be found here: ..

Theory Teacher Resource

Is Sociology a Science?

‘Is Sociology a Science?’ has been a popular past question for all major exam boards and so ther..

Theory Teacher Resource

Looking Glass Self

A key idea that contributed to the development of Symbolic Interactionism is the work of the Soc..

Theory Teacher Resource


The lesson could begin by asking students to write down everything they think they already know ..

Theory Teacher Resource


Slide two on the following presentation gives a good overview of key ideas in relation to modern..

Theory Teacher Resource


Prior to the lesson, ask students to watch the following video and write down the key ideas asso..

Theory Teacher Resource

Research Speed-Dating

The idea for a speed dating type session came from this blog post see link below:..

Theory Teacher Resource

Symbolic Interactionism

This is a clear overview of a perspective students often find tricky; and in particular the tree..

Theory Teacher Resource

The Enlightenment

An important precursor to modernity was The Enlightenment. The Open University has a wide range ..

Theory Teacher Resource

Value Freedom

In 2009, the media extensively covered a debate as to whether the BBC should allow the BNP to be..

Theory Teacher Resource