The Politics Project
Digital Surgeries help to break down the barriers between politicians and young people. We train teachers to deliver three hours of democratic education to their students, and then set up a Digital Surgery - an online video call between a politician and a school, where children can engage with representatives and ask questions they may have.
Digital Surgeries are designed to save time for teachers and politicians. We know how busy both can be, so we want to make engagement simple and easy.
The programme takes four teaching hours to deliver: three hours of workshops and one for the Digital Surgery. Our training and support enables students and politicians to get the most out of every interaction and ensures that teachers can deliver surgeries with their students independently and go on to make surgeries part of their everyday teaching.
The programme is currently completely free of charge to schools.
We train teachers on our one-day teacher training programme where they learn how to prepare and support students to engage digitally with their elected representatives. Teachers will be supported to design a scheme of work for students from our specialised resources and trained to be expert digital facilitators.
Teachers deliver three hours of preparatory workshops. These can be delivered to suit the school in either a drop-down day or integrated into the timetable. The programme can be easily integrated into everyday teaching in Citizenship or A Level Government and Politics, and aligns with requirements on Prevent, Fundamental British Values and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC).
Teachers deliver a Digital Surgery, connecting their students with a local, regional or national politician via Skype or a similar platform. VIDEO