Government & Politics
Key Stage 5
What can students do to develop their skills in this subject area?
- Attend additional revision sessions and crammers as and when they are offered.
- Ask teachers for information on competitions related to British Politics.
- Volunteer for work experience with an MP.
- Create a comprehensive revision guide for the unit of work that they are studying.
- Create a glossary of political vocabulary and terminology.
- Ask teachers for access to past exam papers/sample questions and answers.
- Create a study group with peers.
- Join the Debate Club.
What wider reading can be completed to support the curriculum?
- Students could read and critically evaluate the presentation of political issues within any national newspapers.
- Ask teaching staff if they have texts you can borrow related to any areas of the course you are particularly interested in, or philosophers that you enjoy.
- Students could read previous copies of election manifestoes.
The following texts may be of interest:
- The Republic – Plato.
- Politics - Aristotle.
- The Prince - Niccolo Machiavelli.
- On Liberty - John Stuart Mill.
- Leviathan - Thomas Hobbes.
- The Communist Manifesto - Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels.
- A Theory of Justice - John Rawls.
- Churchill - Roy Jenkins.
- The Social Contract - Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
- Any autobiographies of prominent British and American politicians.
- British Politics: A Very Short Introduction - Tony Wright.
- British Politics: A Beginner's Guide - Richard Grayson.
- American Politics: A Very Short Introduction - Richard Valelly.
- American Politics: A Beginner's Guide - Jon Roper.
- Political Philosophy: A Beginner's Guide for Students and Politicians - Adam Swift.
- An Introduction to Political Philosophy - Jonathan Wolff.
- Political Philosophy: A Very Short Introduction – David Miller.
- 30 Second Politics - Steven Taylor.
- 50 Political Ideas You Really Need to Know - Ben Dupre.
What websites could students visit to support the curriculum?
Can television and film assist with supporting the curriculum?
Certain television programmes can be useful:
- Any British and American news programmes.
- Use BBC iPlayer to watch programmes and documentaries about British politics, American politics and political ideologies.
- Topical news programmes such as Have I Got News for You?
- The Daily Politics on BBC One.
- Victoria Derbyshire on BBC One.
- Question Time on BBC One.
- Yes Minister!
- The Thick of It.
- Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.
- House of Cards.
- The West Wing.
- The Andrew Marr Show.
Watching films such as:
- In The Loop.
- The Queen.
- Hitler: Rise of Evil.
- Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace.
- Good Bye Lenin!
- Mandela: The Long Walk To Freedom.
- American Sniper.
How can parents/carers help and what can be done at home?
- Discuss and debate current affairs, particularly issues related directly to issues of British and American politics, e.g. local election campaigns.
- Assist your son or daughter in visiting places of interest – such as their local political party offices or the Houses of Parliament.
- Encourage your son or daughter to engage in the political process at different levels, for example by investigating a political party or pressure group.
- Visit places connected to politics on different levels: local councils, the Palace of Westminster, regional assemblies and Parliaments.
- Research examples of governments that display clear ideological markers such as the USSR and Nazi Germany.
- Spend a day at the Magistrate's court.