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Learning resources

We have developed a range of learning resources for schools, colleges and universities. These resources have been developed with assistance from teachers.

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Resources for children under 11 years old

Colouring book

These are Supreme Court thematic colouring pages, aimed at children as a 'stay at home' fun activity during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Resources for schools and colleges

Lesson plan on protecting human rights - AS/A/Higher Level

This is a two-lesson plan based on the topic of human rights. The first lesson plan explores which human rights are legally protected in the UK, how these have developed over time, and the role of the courts in upholding them. It also encourages students to learn about specific cases decided by the Supreme Court in recent years.

The second lesson plan helps students reflect on how decisions of the Court affect the public, and how the Court's judgments are communicated.

Each of these lesson templates can be adapted for use without a visit to the Court and can be used flexibly to last between 60-90 minutes.

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First lesson

Second lesson

Worksheets on separation of powers - AS/A/Higher Level

These are worksheets on the topic of the separation of powers. These worksheets are designed to help students understand the meaning of the separation of powers in relation to the judiciary.

They will learn why separation of powers is important, how it has developed over time and how the situation in the UK differs from other countries. They will also take a look at specific Supreme Court cases.

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The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) and the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom (UKSC) : A comparative learning tool - AS/A/Higher Level

This learning resource is designed to help students understand the main differences and similarities between the role and work of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) and the UK Supreme Court (UKSC).

The main text is accompanied by four open questions aimed to further students' understanding.

The resource is particularly complementary to the Government and Politics AS/A Level.

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Run your own Supreme Court debate - AS/A/Higher Level

These learning resources can be used as preparation material for running a student debate within the classroom. The debate topic is based around a point of law in a case previously heard at the Supreme Court.

The resources introduce students to the topic of the debate and facts about the case, plus information for debate teams and a debate timetable. There are also recommendations for the students' own research.

Students will learn more about the role of the Supreme Court, the type of cases it hears and how to structure arguments. The debates will help to enhance confidence in public speaking.

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Beginner's Guide to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council - GCSE/A Level

This Beginner's Guide gives an overview of the history, role and work of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council (JCPC).

You are welcome to download, copy and distribute it within your educational institution and link to our content on your website.

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Resources for universities

This educational resource offers undergraduates an overview of the role and operation of the Court and a signpost to extra-judicial speeches and other materials.

You are welcome to download, copy and distribute it within your educational institution and link to our content on your website.

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Discover more about the Justices and staff at the Supreme Court

Interviews with Supreme Court Justices

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These interviews are with serving Justices. In them, Justices speak about their career path and why they applied to become a Justice, as well as sharing insights into what the application process felt like and what advice they would give someone considering applying.

Inspiring Girls by Lady Arden

Justice of the Supreme Court, The Right Hon Lady Arden of Heswall DBE is one of two female justices at the Supreme Court. She grew up in Liverpool before going on to law at Girton College Cambridge and Harvard Law School. She has had a number of prestigious positions within the legal world, including being the first woman judge appointed of the Chancery division. Alongside her work in the judiciary, she has written extensively on how law keeps pace with social change. In this video created by Inspiring Girls Lady Arden talks about her inspirations provides advice and gives highlights from her own career.

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The role of the Judicial Assistant by our JAs

Judicial Assistants are qualified solicitors or barristers and assist the Justices. In these videos they reveal what it's like to work at the heart of the UK's highest Court.

The opportunity to apply for the role of Judicial Assistant is open every year, with applications invited from January to March.

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