Under Pressure

How Pressure Groups Operate

KS3: ages 11-14KS4: ages 14-16BookPDFWebsite

This resource is designed to complement the National Curriculum, especially in the area of Key Stage 3 Citizenship and for AS/2 Government and Politics. It enables students to explore the way pressure groups function and how they can take ‘informed and responsible action’ to make a difference.

It uses the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) as a case study of a pressure group. Students are encouraged to apply the campaigning methods outlined in the resource to issues of their own choice. The three suggested lessons take students on a journey from recognising their own personal power to designing their own campaign, based on the knowledge they have gained.

Additional and archive resources to accompany the booklet are downloadable from the CND website.

Review of ‘Under Pressure’:

‘a useful resource for citizenship teachers. It provides a range of activities that promote understanding of the role of pressure group in democratic societies. The activities are designed to help pupils develop an interest in taking responsible citizenship action themselves.’ – Association for Citizenship Teaching’s Quality Mark assessment panel (further reviews at www.tes.com/teaching-resource/under-pressure-how-pressure-groups-operate-6099450)


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    • No. of pages: 33
    • PDF
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    • Download PDF and additional resources, or order a hard copy, via the website.
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