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Aspects of this resource will be subject to revision following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

Learning for Life and Work (LLW) is a statutory Area of Learning in the Northern Ireland Curriculum and has four components. Taking a European Union perspective, EU4U focuses on one of the four: Local and Global Citizenship.

EU4U encourages pupils to:

  • explore, understand, evaluate and make informed decisions about the workings of the European Union (EU);
  • recognise that the EU influences their lives as individuals and as contributors to society and the economy;
  • understand and investigate those influences;
  • recognise their place in the EU and that they can have a voice in the EU;
  • think critically about how they contribute to the EU; and
  • gain confidence in their role as a member of the EU.

Delivery of EU4U

We have designed this resource to cover one school term.

It contains four sessions:

  • Session 1 - Who or What Is the EU?
  • Session 2 - How EU Are You?
  • Session 3 - A Common Voice?
  • Session 4 - The EU: A Balanced Viewpoint

Key Topics in EU4U

The resource considers issues of diversity and cultural identity. It also supports teaching of Local and Global Citizenship by encouraging the class to explore:

  • aspects of Equality and Social Justice, and Democracy and Active Participation;
  • factors that influence individual and group identity;
  • ways in which individuals and groups express their identity;
  • prejudice and stereotyping;
  • how people may experience inequality or discrimination on the basis of their group identity; and
  • Democracy and Active Participation – by allowing pupils to participate in a democratic process.

Each activity session gives pupils a chance to develop a range of Thinking Skill and Personal Capabilities. The resource also provides opportunities to assess two of the three Cross-Curricular Skills: Communication and Using Mathematics.


We would like to thank the European Studies Programme (ESP) for its staff’s many contributions to this resource.

The ESP is a post-primary programme that links schools in Northern Ireland and Ireland with schools across the rest of Europe for collaborative, curriculum-based activities. ESP aims to develop an awareness and appreciation of other cultures, thereby fostering mutual understanding among young Europeans.

Teacher Tip

Use EU4U to deliver Environment and Society, The Arts or Modern Languages by choosing activities that suit your specific subject area.

Areas of Learning

Local and Global Citizenship