Over the last five years, we've developed an extensive suite of educational materials. Whether you're running an event, a workshop or just planning a lesson, you'll find them all right here.
Our flagship educational resource is the Democracy Cookbook, which contains both detailed, accessible information about the UK's democratic system and institutions, and a wide suite of activities you can try out.
We also have two large floor-mat style games that you can hire - Political Snakes and Ladders and the European Floor-mat Game. Just call our orderline on 0845 8500 501 to find out availability and book - alternatively, you can download the games below.
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Easy-read guide to voting This simple guide to voting was designed specifically for people with disabilities or low literacy, but has proved very popular with many audiences. more >
Common questions we get asked Some of the knottier questions we get asked, especially by young people, when running events. more >
Political problem pages Which democratic institution is responsible for what? This activity looks at a number of people from across the UK and how democracy, from local government to the European Union, affects them. more >
Democracy Tree The democracy tree illustrates all the different institutions that affect us - ideal for use with many activities from the Democracy Cookbook. more >
Political snakes and ladders This game is based on traditional snakes and ladders but with a political twist: players go up the yellow electoral pencil and fall off the electoral register. more >
Step-by-step voting Many people are unsure about what happens once they step into a polling station. This activity helps them to understand the voting process. more >
Who has my personal details? This leaflet explains the full and edited registers and the choice you have to make - ideal to send out with canvass forms or to home-movers. more >
Eye spy activity This activity shows how politics can affect everything, in an everyday street scene. more >
Democracy Cookbook - Scottish Parliament special This streamlined version of the much-loved Democracy Cookbook contains all you need to know about democracy in Scotland. more >
Beginner's guide to registration Our guide explains the basics of electoral registration in plain English - an ideal reference guide for use at events. more >
Do Politics workshop outline This tried-and-tested workshop outline can be adapted to your needs, inserting appropriate activities from the Democracy Cookbook to suit your audience. more >
Apply to vote by post This leaflet explains how to vote by post and includes a self-seal and return application form. more >
Democracy Cookbook - National Assembly for Wales special This streamlined version of the much-loved Democracy Cookbook contains all you need to know about democracy in Wales. more >
Democracy Cookbook - Northern Ireland special This streamlined version of the much-loved Democracy Cookbook contains all you need to know about democracy in Northern Ireland. more >
Build Your Own Politician cut out This large cut-out for printing can be used alongside our 'Build your own politician' activity, from the Democracy Cookbook. more >
All about local councils This leaflet, produced with NALC, explains the role of local councils in England. more >
Useful links - communicating with people with disabilities br> A wealth of useful information to bear in mind when communicating with people with disabilities.
Help people with visual impairments br> Our tips on how best to communicate with or assist blind or partially sighted voters.
Write in plain English br> How to file - producing materials using Plain English
Help people with communication and learning impairments br> How to file - helping people with communication and learning impairments
Useful links - communicating with Black and Minority Ethnic groups br> Links to other useful resources and advice.
Capability Scotland: virtual polling station br> This Scottish disability organisation put together a virtual polling station to prepare voters with disabilities for the experience of voting in the 2005 general election.
Gloucestershire Councils: Life could slow you down if you don't register… br> A county-wide initiative to drive up the annual canvass return rate through roadshows and distribution of eye-catching canvass shopping bags with a registration theme.
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council: Youth Engagement (Local Democracy) Pack br> An educational pack including a workshop plan for young people, including activities to explore opinion and to give information regarding the democratic process.
Carmarthenshire County Council: Carmarthenshire Youth Democracy Project 1 br> Carmarthenshire Youth Democracy Project - a mix of advertising, events, and education promoting the 2004 elections.
Carmarthenshire County Council: Carmarthenshire Youth Democracy Project 2 br> Going into classrooms to educate the voters of the future - and hoping they'll pass on the message at home...
Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council: Schools Election Pack br> The council put together an exciting pack for primary schools/secondary schools to assist in organising and running their annual school council elections.
Camden, London Borough of: Schools Question Time br> Local school children attend a politics fair to get a taste for democracy.
Mansfield DC: Youth Mayoral Election br> Successful youth mayoral election in Mansfield during Local Democracy Week.
RNID Northern Ireland: Deaf and Hard of Hearing People's Access to Democracy br> Voting process explained through panel sessions, training and a specially produced DVD.
Allerdale Borough Council: Youth Engagement br> Mice on the trail of democracy: a creative design competition was the perfect way to encourage participation in Allerdale...