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Teaching Resources

We have listed our own teaching resources and those of others. These are suitable for use by teachers in the UK, or those teaching a British curriculum abroad.   Britain's place in the world and in or out of the European Union is a hot topic of debate in British politics and in the media. These resources will help you help your students to understand the issues.

If you know of a good resource that is missing from our lists please let us know!


What's happening at the European Parliament now?

Make your classes relevant and up to date. Find out what is happening NOW at the European Parliament's web TV channel. For example there's a weekly digest in two minutes giving an overview of the issues.

EUROSCOLA brings together about 600 students from all over the European Union for a day in Strasbourg discussing aspects of European integration, in multilingual working groups of 100 students. It is open to students aged 16-18.
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This provides an informative, relevant and fun introduction to all aspects of the EU and the European Parliament. The pack includes five downloadable lesson plans, film clips for use in class, a map and an overview of each member state. This gives the teacher background information as well as teaching materials.
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A history of the debate about the UK's relationship with the EU as seen through YouTube clips of the speeches of ten prominent British politicians from Churchill to Cameron.
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The Crisis Point game is based on a fictional scenario in which students have to work as citizens, MEP's and European Commissioners to save Europe and their school from a pandemic.
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Download a printable A4 page showing contact details for all the MEPs for each UK region.
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In England, Scotland and Wales the voting system for the European elections is the d'Hondt system of proportional representation - regional closed list. In Northern Ireland the system is Single Transferable Vote.
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The European Parliament: the citizen's voice in the EU

A short guide to the European Union. (pdf 5MB)


Map of the EU

Downloadable map with countries' flags, capiral citiz, populations and number of MEPs per country. (pdf 2MB)


How the European Union Works

This publication is a part of a series that explains what the EU does in different policy areas, why the EU is involved and what the results are. The aim is to provide you with a helpful guide to EU decision-making. Useful for teachers and for adult learners.


EU Teaching Resources - by ACFE

A collection of resources for teaching learners about the European Union; including detailed lesson plans and activities as well as items that teachers can use in developing their own plans.

Active Citizens FE (ACFE) ACFE is a community interest company with a passionate belief in the value of active citizenship education for all young people, their learning organisations and society as a whole.


Europe - what's it all about?

‘Europe is somewhere else.’ This provocative statement opens the first chapter of this brochure. It is, of course, not true. Being right at the heart of Europe, we naturally have many questions about what ‘Europe’ means and what it does. For example, who governs Europe? What does the European Union mean for our everyday lives? Where is this continent heading in a globalised world? What is the future for Europe? All of these questions and more are broached here. The resource is aimed at students aged 13 -18. It offers the chance to read, learn and discuss the topics interactively. The resource is accompanied by a teachers’ guide.


The Prize is awarded annually to projects undertaken by young people which foster understanding, promote the development of a shared sense of European identity, and offer practical examples of Europeans living together as one community.

As part of the prize, the three final laureates will be invited to visit the European Parliament. The representatives of all 28 national projects selected will be invited to Aachen in Germany. The prize for the best project is €5000, the second, €3000 and the third, €2000.