The General Election Explained


Take a look back at the 2010 election with comedian Jay Foreman as he visits a constituency in the middle of the election campaign. Meet the candidates and local young people any find out why it's important to vote and make your voice heard.

Time required: 8 minutes

Learning outcomes

Students will learn about:


  • How elections work and what happens on polling day
  • Who can vote and how to register
  • Why elections are relevant to young people’s lives
  • MPs and political parties
  • How election campaigns are run
  • The outcome of the 2010 general election, the hung Parliament and coalition government

Practical information

You can also order a free General Election Xplained DVD for your classroom, please contact:

Edcoms, FREEPOST RR59, Lakeside, Rochester, Kent ME2 4BR
Tel: 0871 472 3016 Fax: 01634 290 175
Please allow 10 working days for your order to arrive

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