The award is judged on four themes and against 11 specific criteria.
- Schools provide the opportunity for students to register to vote.
- Schools work collaboratively with the Local Authority registration service
Knowledge of democracy
- Schools provide class time to develop pupils’ understanding of democracy, government and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. This could include running Rock Enrol! sessions.
- Schools arrange guest speakers in classes, assemblies and extracurricular sessions. (MPs/Councillors/Campaigners/Activists)
- Schools organise extracurricular democracy trips. This may include activities like meeting local councillors or MPs and trips to Parliament Education Service
- Students have an opportunity to take part in democracy through class, year or school councils.
- School representative bodies are engaged in school management. For instance hiring of staff or involvement in governor meetings
- Schools use new and innovative ways to engage students in democracy.
Student led social action
- Students lead change in the school. For instance change to schools behaviour or dress code policies etc.
- Students are involved in local, national or international social action campaigns including evidence of students using campaigning skills.
School takes part in the UK Youth parliaments elections and Mark Your Mark ballot
About your nomination
For a school to be considered for a Discovering Democracy Award, a teacher will need to fill out an application including a self assessed mark out of 5 for each criterion, a brief description of activities for at least 6 criteria, and a case study for at least three of the criteria.
First, give your school a mark out of 5 for the section, with one representing very little or no activity and 5 representing mutiple great activities. You will them need to write a brief description of the activities for each section. Complete at least three case studies of particular events or activities although you can complete more. You do not have to have done activities for each section to achieve an award as we are more focused on the quality of your activities. You will need to complete at least 6 sections to be considered for an award. You can write up to 150 words for each section of text.
The next deadline for applications is 30th November 2015
Frequently Asked Questions
Please read through the FAQs before starting your nomination for an Award. Discovering Democracy Awards FAQs
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