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EU educational sessions


The European Parliament’s Liaison Office in the UK has commissioned Involver to run educational sessions about the European Union for 16-18 year olds in UK schools and colleges. These sessions are free, fun and aim to spark debate.

Session aims

The aims of the session(s) are to help students:

  • Gain an understanding of the European Union and how it works
  • Gain an understanding of the history and achievements of the EU
  • Explore the values of the EU and the European Parliament, including diversity
  • Explore and understand the new EU-UK relationship

Session delivery

The session will be an informative and energetic workshop that will use interactive tools to engage students with the session aims in a supportive, exploratory and fun way. 

Currently these sessions are being delivered online. We will work with your school/college’s preferred online meeting tools, adhering to your online learning safeguarding protocols.

Sessions will utilise polls, questioning, chat boxes and high quality content to engage students.

Practicalities

Student age range16-18
Group size10-30
Length of session90 minutes – can be split into two 45 minute sessions
Delivery methodLive, interactive online presentations, tasks and debates
Equipment required by participantsInternet connected computer with microphone.
Webcam (optional – according to school/college’s policy and individual preferences)
Other requirementsA member of school/college staff to participate throughout the session

Session outline

Session1: EU understanding, history and decision-making

TimeContent
Introduction5 minsWelcome and introductions.
Setting expectations; understanding how the session will work.
Starter activity5 minsInteractive starter activity.
History and institutions – presentation15minsShort presentation on the historical background, the institutions, the people and the events that are central to the European Union. 
Quiz10 minsA series of polls asking questions about their understanding of the EU and learning presented. 
Q&A10 minsQ&A relating to the EU, history and decision-making processes.

Session 2: What are the EU’s values?

TimeContent
Recap and starter5 minsIf Sessions 1 and 2 are run together this recap is replaced with a short break.
Engaging starter activity using online interactive tool recapping and reminding students of session 1 content through true or false statements about the EU, it’s history and institutions to assess their understanding. 
Values task15 minsPresentation on EU values looking at ‘United in Diversity’ and the political, geographical, linguistic and ethnic diversity. 
This will be followed by a guessing, sorting and grouping exercise to prepare for a debate. 
Debate25 minsWe will support students through a debate on a question relating to the EU’s values. E.g.:
– How should coronavirus vaccines be rolled out across the EU (solidarity, competencies, European Medicines Agency)?
– Will the EU’s Green New Deal be effective?
– Should the EU sanction member states?

Booking enquiry

Further information

To find out more, or discuss your specific requirements, please email eu@involver.org.uk or call us on 020 3411 3294.