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Giving young people the power to change the world

VotesforSchools provides weekly resources for teachers to prompt impartial discussion on a challenging current issue. Students vote and comment and we ensure that their voices are heard and have an impact.

Be Informed. Be Curious. Be Heard.

How does VotesforSchools work?

step 1 of 3

VotesforSchools provides weekly zero-prep resources for children and young people aged 5-18 created by teachers. This includes:

  • Whole-school assemblies and age-appropriate lessons with accompanying lesson plans
  • Weekly curriculum guides show coverage of a range of criteria, including SMSC, British Values, Prevent, SHANARRI, SDGs and the UNCRC
  • Cross-curricular opportunities and home information sheet
  • Online voting platform that captures youth voice
step 2 of 3

Our team of teachers create downloadable resources that tackle some of the biggest issues for children and young people today. We understand the busy lives of teachers who may not be experts in all things current affairs 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

step 3 of 3

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 UK Government departments, police, media, celebrities and charities who respond to the students showing them their voice is being heard.

Take a look at the lessons

Don't just take our word for it! Download some of our lessons and assemblies to trial in your school.

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We have worked with

1300

Schools

510273

Pupils

3779615

Votes

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 07388 131998.

If you'd like to partner with us please contact penny@votesforschools.com or phone 07799 595238.

If you would like to sponsor a school, commission our services or learn more about our work, please contact our CEO at kate@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

RT @votesforschools: At the end of last year, we were amazed to see we received more than 1 million votes in a year - which got us thinking…

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@ZARA @ZARA_Care @Primark @SHEIN_Official @newlook @Gap @ASOS @gucci @dolcegabbana @Versace @Forever21 @Topshop @Mango @pullandbear @UNIQLO_UK @FashionNova - it would be excellent if you could respond to the UK's youth and let them know how you're tackling the problem! 👋

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The #CostofLivingCrisis was also recognised by voters, as shown in this comment by @FortPittGrammar, who noted that lower budgets limit choices for #sustainablefashion. https://t.co/44uaDCVfTW

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There's still a few more days before the vote closes, but if you’ve enjoyed this thread, please retweet the first tweet and help us make children’s voices heard across the world 🌎🗳️

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Overall, voters aged 5-18 seem pretty united in the opinion that #fashionbrands are choosing #profit over the #environment, as written by this student from @CrestwoodSchool https://t.co/Wn5GGuXQxF

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The vote hasn’t closed yet, but so far 80.6% of 11-16 year olds have agreed that #fashion brands are choosing trends over the #environment. At the same time, 70.7% of 5-10 year olds say they’d happily use #charityshops to do their part. https://t.co/I9wHfFkThI

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Voters across all ages recognised the chicken-egg dilemma, and gave their opinions on whether brands or consumers should be leading the change in the #fashion world. These opposing comments are from @BuxtonSchInfo & @TalbotHeathSch https://t.co/pG9ZfwlsES

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