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WE CAN SUPPORT THE MOVEMENT FOR PRACTICAL POLITICS IN MANY WAYS!

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Workers Education Association

Workers Education Association

A better world - equal, democratic and just; through adult education the WEA challenges and inspires individuals, communities and society.

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Democracy Matters is not only an alliance for civil society organisations, it is a community too!

Join us to connect with other like-minded people and strengthen our commitment to a better future through participation in practical politics.

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Democratic Life

Democratic Life

A coalition of organisations and individuals in the UK seeking to strengthen and extend young people's entitlement to high quality citizenship education in England.

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Sheila McKechnie Foundation

Sheila McKechnie Foundation

The Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK) is here to support individuals, groups and communities to have the skills and confidence to speak up and take effective action on issues that matter to them. We do this by connecting, informing and supporting campaigners.

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Parliament Week

Parliament Week

Parliament Week is a UK-wide programme of events and activities that inspire, engage and connect people with parliamentary democracy

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For an effective democracy, political literacy is just as important as the ability to read and write. What does Practical Politics mean to you?

For democracy to be real, people need to know how the system works, how to influence decisions and be able to exercise power.
People need to be able to develop their confidence, skills and voice to be effective citizens and take part in democratic politics at all levels. Our aim is to promote practical political education and participation, particularly among people with least power in society, to create a more inclusive and effective democracy. We believe that practical political skills of campaigning, community action and organising are essential for a healthy democracy and should be as widely available as business studies, law or literacy within main stream adult, community, further and higher education. We are an informal alliance of over 30 civil society organisations and education providers with extensive networks across the UK, run entirely by volunteers. We do not take sides on any issue or political party, other than to campaign for more accessible practical political education. Read More
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  • TalkPolitics

    TalkPolitics is a non-partisan campaign group dedicated to challenging the poor image of politics, improving political education, and defending free speech. Founded by Matt Gillow and Carl Sacklen, it has been endorsed by major political figures and aims to do this through conferences, interviews and short, instructive ‘Politics Put Simply‘ pieces.

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From our Practical Politics Blog

What the parties say about learning for democracy 2017

Education for citizenship and democracy do not appear in either the Conservative or Labour party manifestos. Of the manifestos published …

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Will party learners promote learning for democracy?

Democracy Matters has written to party leaders to ask what they will do to make democracy work for everyone. We …

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Why we need a Commission on Learning for Democracy

Most people in Britain don’t know how the system works and have almost no opportunities to learn how to have …

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