Active Citizenship Resources


Active Citizenship Resources

The CES has produced a collection of resources for schools and teachers to use on the theme of Active Citizenship.




These include:

  • Lesson resources on the political process
  • Lesson resources on the Church and politics
  • Theological resources on what the Church says about 'active citizens' 
  • Saints and prayer cards
  • Useful links


The General Election 2019

The nature of the snap 2019 general election means that these lesson resources from the previous 2017 election remain relevant for covering the process behind elections, how laws are made, the structures of Parliament.

What is a General Election (2017)

General Elections primary assembly resource

A short presentation to learn about general elections with primary pupils (2017)

How MPs are elected - PowerPoint

Debating in the classroom activities

How to become involved - PowerPoint


Active Citizenship 

Several organisations and campaigns have been set up for the 2019 General Election to encourage voters to question their candidates about issues which are important to them, to become more informed about the election and party manifestos, and ultimately, to vote. These resources as set out below have a mixture of practical information and might also be used as we search for guidance on how we might vote.  

Bishop Marcus Stock: Why Catholic Schools matter at this General Election

CAFOD/ CSAN General Election 2019 pack

Christians in Politics

Created for the General Election 2019 period, this ecumenical resource suggests hymns and prayers as well as a suggested talk outline on themes of reconciliation which might be also be of interest within a church setting. These are around the theme of intercession for our divided society and call out to God for integrity and leadership in the public sphere.


Theological resources on what the Church says about 'active citizens

Below are theological articles for reflection and two Catholic Social Teaching encyclicals.

We are all responsible for all. What does this really mean?

Sollicitudo rei socialis

Octogesima adveniens


Saints & Prayer Cards

Prayer for the Dedication of Studies 1

Prayer for the Dedication of Studies 2

Prayer for Active Citizenship

Saints cards 


Other useful links

UK Youth Parliament website 

Run by young people, the UK Youth Parliament provides opportunities for 11-18 year-olds to use their voice in creative ways to bring about social change.

Youth Parliament Wales

Senedd Ieuenctid Cymru

Run by young people in Wales, 60 young people aged 11 - 18 are elected Welsh Youth Parliament Members for a two-year term to highlight and debate youth issues at a national level.  

Parliamentary Education Service website contains lots of resources for schools. Below are a few links to their election resources:

Introduce Parliament with this animation for key stage 3, 4 and A level students. It covers a brief introduction to how Parliament began, the structure of Parliament (including the House of Commons and House of Lords), how Government is held to account, making laws, elections and voting and how to use your democratic rights.

Explores the function and makeup of the three parts that make up Parliament: the House of Commons, the House of Lords, and the monarch.

Investigates how Government is held to account through Prime Minister and Minister's questions and select committees.

Explains the stages a proposal for a new law goes through to become an Act of Parliament.

Examines the UK general election exploring: our right to vote, how candidates and parties gain votes and what happens once elected.

Looks at the alternative options available outside of voting to get your voice heard, covering how to contact MPs and Peers or petition and campaign on issues.