The subject is taught using a variety of teaching methods; interactive learning, independent learning as well as power points, pair work and group work. All students are expected to read a good daily newspaper and have an interest in politics.
Government and Politics A Level is a popular subject which many of our students go on to study at university. We study the Edexcel course which has three components; British politics and American politics where we studying democracy, political parties, the executive and legislature to name a few, and Ideologies, where we study Conservatism, Socialism, Liberalism and Feminism. There are three examinations at the end of the Upper Sixth year; two which examine British politics and ideologies and the third examining American and comparative politics.
We provide an extensive range of extra-curricular activities to enhance the students’ political education. An annual trip to the Houses of Parliament or to the PolEcon conference benefits them greatly. We have speakers that come to speak to the students at lunchtime as part of our History and Politics Society and we hold an Immanuel Peoples’ Parliament every year, bringing in interesting panellists to answer topical questions. During referendum and election years we hold a whole school election which is largely organised by the politics students.