Little Voters' List

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Pupils aged five to seven should: be able to justify a personal opinion; take part in a simple debate and vote; recognise how the concept of fairness can be applied in a reasoned and reflective way, and understand terms such as respect, disrespect, question, comment, compare and contrast.

Pupils aged seven to 11 should: be able to reflect and hypothesise on issues of social, moral and political concern; take part in a question and answer session with an expert; understand there can be different types of government, and understand terms such as mayor, election, MP and Member of the European Parliament.

Pupils aged 11 to 14 should: express plausibly and reflect on viewpoints contrary to their own; demonstrate an understanding of the use of statistics; know about the work of Parliament, the Government and the Executive in making and changing the law, and understand the economic system: the market, the concept of price, poverty and unemployment.

Pupils aged 14 to 16 should: investigate, analyse, discuss and reflect on major challenges faced by communities; take part in formal debates and have structured opportunities to vote, and know about the values, interests and policies of the main political parties.