Decentralisation source materials activity

Decentralisation source materials activity

Explore current political debates about decentralisation, and the division of power between central and local government, with your A Level students.

Description

These source materials and accompanying questions will guide your students through the advantages and disadvantages of different levels of government and allow them to explore the issues for themselves.

Time required:  1 hour + optional 30 minute extension activity

Learning outcomes

This activity supports the A Level Government & Politics syllabus.

Students will:

  • distinguish between central and local government and give examples of their areas of responsibility
  • consider the arguments for and against greater decentralisation of power 
  • be aware of recent political debates and initiatives in this area, such as The Big Society 
  • understand key terms including: decentralisation, localism, central / national government, local government, big government, accountability, transparency, bureaucracy, devolved 
  • engage with current affairs and recent political debates 
  • consider a range of opinions and understand the benefits and problems of devolution, including the views of Scottish nationalists, unionists and the West Lothian question 
  • understand and interpret a variety of source materials, using advanced writing skills to respond to them

Students answering the extension question will also:

  • carry out wider reading and research 
  • write about a complex issue, giving evidence to support their arguments

Practical information

This worksheet can be printed and handed out to students in class, complete with the ready-made sheet of questions to guide them through the sources. An optional extension question is also available as a follow-up task or for homework.

Supporting resources

National or local?

National or local?

Barbara Keeley MP gives her view on the balance between national and local government in the UK.

National standards for services?

National standards for services?

This video resource is one of the sources used in the downloadable activity above.

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