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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:

  • Frost/Nixon.
  • Milk.
  • In The Loop.
  • The Queen.
  • Selma.
  • 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.

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