Different election outcomes - whiteboard resource

Different election outcomes - whiteboard resource

Use the 'Results are in' resource to explore the potential outcomes of general elections in the UK.

Resources quick links

Description

This whiteboard resource looks at the different outcomes of elections, including single-party or coalition government, and explains how individual votes translate into seats in the House of Commons

Including an interactive element, the resource allows students to try out different election outcomes, accompanied by a downloadable worksheet.

Three levels of difficulty allow you to tailor the activity to suit your students.

Learning outcomes

This resource supports political literacy components of the curriculum around the UK.

Students will learn to:

  • Translate votes into ‘seats’ in the House of Commons
  • Understand which party/parties can form a government after an election and how many seats they need
  • Explore different election outcomes
  • Interpret outcomes including coalition government and single-party government
  • Understand the definitions of key terms including government, opposition, majority, coalition, political party

Practical Information 

This classroom presentation tool is optimised for use on interactive whiteboards.  It requires Flash Player 9 or above and Javascript to be enabled.

Walkthrough guides are available to download, below, to help you make the most of the resource. Turn straight to section 4 in the PDF to find the relevant instructions.

After launching ‘Results are in', you can also access other activities relating to elections and voting via the main menu at the side of the resource.

Supporting resources

'Results are in' level 1

'Results are in' level 1

Launch the whiteboard resource at level 1

'Results are in' level 2

'Results are in' level 2

Launch the whiteboard resource at level 2

'Results are in' level 3

'Results are in' level 3

Launch the whiteboard resource at level 3

'Results are in' worksheet

'Results are in' worksheet

A worksheet accompanying the whiteboard resource

pdf file - 224 KB
PDF download

Walkthrough guide - level 1

Walkthrough guide - level 1

A practical guide for teachers to the level 1 whiteboard resource

pdf file - 683 KB
PDF download

Walkthrough guide - level 2

Walkthrough guide - level 2

A practical guide for teachers to the level 2 whiteboard resource

pdf file - 691 KB
PDF download

Walkthrough guide - level 3

Walkthrough guide - level 3

A practical guide for teachers to the level 3 whiteboard resource

pdf file - 701 KB
PDF download

Related teaching resources

KS3-5, GOVERNMENT & POLITICS, VIDEO

The General Election Explained

KS3-4, CITIZENSHIP, VIDEO

Voting: Election Day - video

Related articles

This educational resource for students learning about democracy and voting provides an overview of how general elections work.