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EU and Brexit themed education sessions for schools and colleges


Getting students to engage with the complexity of the European Union and Brexit can be very difficult. Moving beyond simplistic pro or anti positions is a real challenge.

We run impartial, interactive and fun sessions at Europe House and in schools and colleges for groups of secondary and FE-age young people.

As well as looking at the history and make up of the EU, we get participants we look at what areas of participants’ lives are affected by the EU and how the UK leaving the EU may impact on them. Participants are encouraged to take on the role of EU and UK Brexit negotiators to explore how these negotiations may develop.

Involver are working with YouthLink Scotland, The European Society UK and Smart School Councils to deliver and promote these sessions.

Visiting Europe House

When can you visit?

Education sessions are available on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11.00 – 13.00. Other times may be available subject to negotiation. Please note that we usually require six weeks’ notice.

What size groups do we cater for?

For the 2-hour sessions our facilitators are happy to take groups of up to 42 at a time as long as teachers accompany the group in the appropriate ratio. If you have a whole year group we ask that you book several sessions to enable us to work effectively with your students.
For the 1-hour sessions we can work with almost any number as it is essentially a lecture.

Can we help your with your risk assessment?

Yes of course! Please contact us.

Is there first aid on site?

There is normally a qualified first aider on site.

Are there disabled facilities?

Our building is suitable for disabled children and adults.

Where are we?

Our address is Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU. Our nearest tube station is Westminster Station.

Visits to your school/college

Which schools will we come to?

We are able to visit any secondary school or college in the UK, outside London. London schools are encouraged to come to Europe House. Sessions run in Scotland will be in partnership with YouthLink Scotland.

We are only funded to run a limited number of sessions in each Euro-constituency, so book soon to avoid missing out.

The number of sessions we can run in each area

The number of sessions we can run in each area.

When can we visit?

We will fit in with your school day, but as our facilitators will be travelling sessions starting after 11.00 are preferred.

What size groups do we cater for?

Our facilitators are happy to work with groups of up to 42 at a time as long as teachers accompany the group in the appropriate ratio. We can organise several sessions to cater for larger groups (e.g. a whole year group).

Book a free session

    Your school/college (required)

    Your name (required)

    Your email (required)

    Your phone number (required)

    Where would you like your session?
    In my school/collegeAt Europe House in London

    Number of students

    Ages of students

    Your group: subject, qualification, EU knowledge

    Your preferred date(s)

    Any other details

    How did you hear about these sessions? (required)

     


    Key Information

    Which subjects do we cover?

    These sessions are tailored to each school group and tie in with many different qualifications and areas of the curriculum from stage 3 up, including:

    • Government and Politics
    • Public Services
    • Business Studies
    • Geography
    • Citizenship
    • Economics
    • General Studies

    What support is there for your visit?

    Several teaching packs about the EU and European Parliament. See Teaching Resources on the European Commission’s and European Parliament’s education pages.

    We have loads of European Union (EU) Citizenship resources and links:

    Show me the links >>>

    Is the taking of photos and video allowed? Are there any copyright restrictions?

    Students and staff are free to take photos and there is no charge. Please share them with us through Facebook and/or Twitter.

    2 hour Session Overview

    Style

    Interactive session with a mixture of activities, video, group work and debate

    Group size

    10-42

    Room required (for in-school sessions)

    Large room with tables, chairs and room for participants to move around, projector and speakers

    Suitable for ages

    15-19

    Cost to school/college

    FREE

    Outline and content

    Introduction

    Which Europe are we talking about? Presentation and Q&A

    Euro bingo

    Introducing the countries that make up the EU. Interactive ice-breaker activity

    Decision-making in the EU

    The key law-making institutions of the EU who they represent and how they work together. Video and group work

    What matters to you?

    What the EU works on and what is the responsibility of member states. Opinion and discussion

    Negotiating an exit – your views

    Students take on the roles of Brexit negotiators from the EU and the UK. They need to make the case for where they would like complete separation and where they want to continue close collaboration. Group work and debate

    Having an impact

    How you can get involved in influencing the EU and your representatives. Presentation

    1 hour Session Overview

    Style

    Lecture with questions to the audience, followed by Q&A

    Group size

    Any

    Room required (for in-school sessions)

    Seating for all, projector and speakers

    Suitable for ages

    13-19

    Cost to school/college

    FREE

    Outline and content

    Introduction

    Which Europe are we talking about? The countries that make up the EU.

    Decision-making in the EU

    The key law-making institutions of the EU who they represent and how they work together.

    EU timeline

    Why European states came together and how the ECSC grew into the EU.

    Brexit – your questions

    A brief overview of the Article 50 process and what it might affect. A further chance for participants to ask questions about Brexit and the EU.

    Having an impact

    How you can get involved in influencing the EU and your representatives.


    For more information about school visits to Europe House in London on the European Parliament’s website: Read more >>>

    For examples of the types of issues discussed and further reading: Read more >>>