Through play, students learn about all aspects of an MP’s role, from debating to meeting constituents, and about the pressures they face.
The challenge for players is to survive the week and keep their party, their voters and the media happy!
Time required: 35 mins
Students will learn about the work of an MP and key features of democracy in the UK, including:
- Debates and Question Time in the House of Commons
- The work of Select Committees
- The role of political parties
- How the voters are represented by their MP
- The role of the media
- Decision-making skills
- Speech-writing and debating skills
- The importance of supporting a view with evidence (using the work of Select Committees as an example)
MP For A Week is ideal for use on interactive whiteboards at the front of the classroom, or for pairs / individuals to play. You can click on the icon to access the full screen version at any time.
Teachers’ Controls are available to allow you to access the game in bite-size chunks and skip straight to individual activities. For example, you may wish to skip straight to the ‘Speeches’ mini-game if you are teaching a lesson on debating or speech-writing.
Supporting video interviews provide quick, easy-to-understand definitions of key terms and explanations of democratic processes in the UK.
MP for a Week curriculum links
Full curriculum links for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
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MP for a Week trailer video
Watch the trailer for MP For A Week on YouTube.