We have developed a range of learning resources for schools, colleges and universities to complement visits to the Court.
These resources have been developed by the Communications Team with assistance from teachers.
You are welcome to download, copy and distribute the teachers' and students' packs within your own institution (but please do not re-host them on your own website, instead link back to this page).
If you have any feedback on the resources or any suggestions for future topic areas, please email us.
Schools and Colleges
Protecting Human Rights - AS/A/Higher Level
This is a two-lesson plan based on the topic of human rights.
The pre-visit 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 post-visit lesson plan helps students reflect on their visit, 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.
- Protecting Human Rights: Teachers' lesson plan - AS/Higher Level (PDF)
- Protecting Human Rights: Students' materials - AS/Higher Level (PDF)
Separation of Powers - AS/A/Higher Level
These are post visit 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 it 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.
Teachers are advised to use these worksheets as they see fit, either to accompany their own lessons or as a way for students to do their own research.
- Separation of powers: Post visit worksheets for teachers (PDF)
- Separation of powers: Post visit worksheets for students (PDF)
The Supreme Court of the United States and the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom: 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 and the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.
The main text is accompanied by four open questions aimed to further students' understanding.
Teachers are welcome to use the resource as they see fit, it is particularly complimentary to the Government and Politics AS/A Level.
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 can be used as a PowerPoint presentation or given to students as a hand out. They 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.
They 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.
Teachers are welcome to use and adapt the learning resource as they see fit.
We have also produced an educational resource aimed at undergraduates, offering an overview of the key topics which are regularly raised by students during their visits.
We hope it serves as a useful guide to 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 (but please do not re-host on your own website, instead link back to this page).
- The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom: an overview of key themes, with references to further material
Beginner's Guide to the JCPC
This Beginner's Guide is aimed at GCSE/A Level students and gives an overview of the history, role and work of the JCPC.
Please feel free to download, copy and distribute it within your educational institution (but please do not re-host on your own website, instead link back to this page).