Road shows give students the opportunity to stand as real political candidates and take part in a real election campaign.

Students can be as creative as they like, using presentations, videos, posters and speeches to get involved and passionate about their cause.

We aim to show students that politics is actually relevant to their everyday lives. Students take part in a mock election, where they present their manifesto to the class to win votes. The road show event takes approximately one hour. We want the road show to be as effective and successful as possible so we ask for groups to be kept to a maximum of 30 students. This allows for more interaction and greater participation from students.

What a road show event can do

  • Brings the excitement and drama of a real election to students who are not yet old enough to participate in the political process -allowing students to be involved in realistic decision-making and debates.
  • Gives the opportunity for young people to stand as political candidates and take part in a democratic process relevant to them.
  • Actively engages young people with political, social and moral issues through interaction and participation.

To make the most of the sessions

  • Student candidates to prepare their manifesto based on the question 'As local people, why should we vote for you?'
  • The manifestos should last a maximum of three minutes. Think of your student electorate and be as creative as possible. You might want to include power point presentations, videos, posters, speeches or leaflets. The student presenting the most powerful and thought provoking manifesto is likely to secure the most votes – that part is up to you.
  • Students preparing to vote should think of meaningful and challenging questions to ask student candidates after they have presented their manifestos.

We will provide:

  • district councillors to attend the event
  • democratic services officers to help support the event
  • mock voting slips
  • ballot box
  • polling booth


1. Introduction by councillors and officers - 10 minutes

  • A bit about national politics and the bigger picture
  • What is local government about?
  • Why should you vote?
  • What would encourage young people to vote?
  • How decisions are made at the local level What have local councillors done for young people?
  • What are the burning issues that most affect young people?

2.  Student manifestos - 15 minutes

Three student candidates to have prepared their manifestos lasting three minutes each, answering the question:

As local people, why should we vote for you?

Students are encouraged to use visual aids and be creative to argue their points for example, power point, videos, posters, speeches.

3. Questions from the floor - 15 minutes

Challenging and thought provoking questions to the student candidates regarding their manifesto.

4. Voting - 10 minutes

Students will be shown how to vote in an election with a walk through - a student volunteer to cast their vote at a mock polling station.
Students will be issued with a voting slip to cast their vote for their chosen student candidate.

5. Declaration of result - 10 minutes

Voting slips will be collected and counted. The councillors will be invited to respond to the manifestos made by the candidates. Final thoughts from candidates, students and teachers.
Winner to be announced and the winning candidate given the opportunity to respond.