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Giving young people the power to change the world

VotesforSchools is an award-winning platform giving your students a voice on the issues that affect them the most, as well as supporting you to consistently embed SMSC, British Values and Prevent across your school.

Be Informed. Be Curious. Be Heard.

How does VotesforSchools work?

step 1 of 3

VotesforSchools provides weekly zero-prep packages for Primary, Secondary and Colleges created by teachers. This includes:

  • Whole school assembly, tutor-time session and full lesson
  • Curriculum map showing weekly coverage of SMSC, British Values and Prevent
  • Cross-curricular planning ideas and parent information sheet
  • Online voting platform that captures students voice
step 2 of 3

Our team of teachers create downloadable lessons that tackle some of the biggest issues for children and young people today. We understand the lives of busy teachers who may not be experts in all things current affairs, but yet are the ones students come to, to help them make sense of the world.

The resources support teachers both with workload and with a 'hook' in to some potentially challenging issues. We love it here!

Headteacher, Caldmore Primary

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After each lesson students vote, making their voice on the issue heard. Our voting platform enables your school to see how your students have voted compared to the national picture as well as broken down by age and gender giving you a real insight into what they think and feel about a range of diverse issues.

VotesforSchools works alongside influential bodies such as government departments, police, media, celebrities and charities who respond to the students showing them their voice is being heard.

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All the information you'll need to know about using VotesforSchools in your school or college.

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We have worked with

810

Schools

510273

Pupils

7889

Teachers

The results from our last VoteTopic

Check back every week to see the latest results from our weekly VoteTopics.

View More VoteTopic Results

Get in touch

If you're a school and would like some samples of our lessons, contact us at info@votesforschools.com or phone 07754 862979.

If you'd like to partner with us please contact kate@votesforschoools.com

For all other enquiries just email info@votesforschools.com

What teachers and voters say

"The VoteTopics are fun, engaging and really relevant to the young people we teach."

Head of Welfare

EPSOM College

What teachers and voters say

"Children punch the air when they find out it's a VfS assembly."

Headteacher

St Chad's Catholic Primary School

What teachers and voters say

"We love VotesforSchools here, it's a great platform for discussion & debating. We've had Primary schools in, Heads of other schools and UTCs and I've been plugging VotesforSchools to all of them and they're really impressed with how it works."

Head of SMSC

UTC Plymouth

What teachers and voters say

"I would like to take this moment to say what a fantastic resource VotesforSchools is - it's so invaluable for teaching and informing the children about current affairs."

Senior Leader

Thomas’s Clapham Secondary School

What teachers and voters say

"Our Year 6 teacher told me they are having the best ever lesson using your anti-bullying resource & that she absolutely loves VotesforSchools. Our drama teacher also emailed me last week saying: "I am not sure I have ever said it but I literally love this website. It is brilliant & such a useful tool.""

Deputy Head

Parkgate Primary School

What teachers and voters say

"My pupils say: "It's my favourite part of the week" and "I really enjoy thinking about the topics and then voting." They are now much more confident discussing each topic."

Class Teacher

Coton C of E Primary School

What teachers and voters say

"As a result of following the topics, attendance at tutor periods has increased and the feedback from staff and students is positive; they are enjoying discussing topical issues with excellent up-to-date resources."

Assistant Principal

Reigate College

What teachers and voters say

"VotesforSchools is such an important part of our week. We display the responses from classes on a board for all to see, and we display the question in the staffroom and encourage responses from the staff!"

ARP Phase Leader and Teacher of the Deaf

Five Elms Primary School

What teachers and voters say

"VotesforSchools has been great for us to easily expand the areas our students think about and to help them see themselves as part of a bigger world, not just our small school."

Year 11 Teacher

Gryphon School

What teachers and voters say

"Having access to all the different levels from KS1-16+ allows us to differentiate in our SEN school – it is this flexibility that really works for us."

Upper School Class Teacher

Small Haven School

What teachers and voters say

"VotesforColleges is brilliant. It has enabled me to develop the tutorial provision across the College to promote SMSC issues through the use of the materials, to a group of personal tutors who wouldn’t necessarily have felt equipped to deal with the subject areas ... The use of the materials over this period have proved invaluable and the quality of the resources is excellent … So, in summary….keep doing what you’re doing as it works great for us!! In fact, we had some AOC training in preparation for OFSTED and they specifically fed back on the use of VfC as a big positive!"

Head of Learner Support Services

Guernsey College of Further Education

To finish off the school year ☀️, young people reflected on what they have learned in the last year 📰! We asked Primary and Secondary students if they think they learned more about the world 🌍 this year. Here is what they had to say: #youngvoters #pupilvoice #votingmatters https://t.co/r9kkmqoGc2

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Each week, students from all over the country discuss and vote on a topical question. Even better, they can then see how their opinions compare to students in their local area and further afield. Get in touch to get your students involved! #votingmatters #smsc #youngpolitician...

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The majority of students think that the Olympics need updating and would encourage new sports being added 🏅🏄‍♀️🚴. Here's a closer look at the vote outcome. #smsc #pshe #youngvoters #ukschools #pupilvoice #votingmatters #teacherresources #oracy #britishvalue...

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You can still continue the VfS fun during the summer,🌞 as we offer Summer Repeats on our website with some of our favourite topics from 2018/19! For the next two weeks, you'll have a chance to vote on "Do superhero films create unhealthy expectations about body shape?"...

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If you haven't already, be sure to check out our Summer Newsletter 🌞 which includes all the highlights of this term as well a sneak peek at what's to come in the new school year, along with our 2020/21 calendar! 📅 Check it out here 👉 https://t.co/C8JTONqFbr #ukschools...

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