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Aiming for A/A* in Pearson Edexcel A-Level Politics

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This new course will demonstrate how to guide your best students to achieve Grades A & A* in future Pearson Edexcel A-level Politics examinations. The course will explore the characteristics of A/A* students identified in research and why and how we must challenge our most able Politics students. Focused extensively on evidence-based teaching, learning and assessment practice as well as feedback from the most recent exams, you will leave with a vast range of resources and practical strategies that will enable you to meet the needs of your most able students and ultimately increase A and A* grade attainment. Finally, we will look beyond the course to focus on preparing these students to continue studying Politics at university. The course is designed for teachers of Pearson Edexcel A-Level Politics, but would be of benefit to teachers of other exam boards as well.


  • Understand how applying current pedagogy regarding flipped learning and metacognition will transform your teaching of more able students
  • Develop the use of mental models to promote student recall, supporting the teaching of the most challenging A-Level topics
  • Develop greater understanding of the precision and detail that examiners are looking for in A/A* students
  • Find out more about the barriers to progression and ways to support highly able students to overcome them
  • A detailed look at the different demands of questions and how to prepare students to answer then effectively
  • Take away a range of innovative teaching ideas and electronic resources to help advance your most able students


Focus on the Pedagogy; How can it Unlock the Potential of A/A* Students? 10.00 – 11.15am
  • Mental models, metacognition and flipped learning; how can they be practically applied and what benefits will they deliver
  • Review characteristics of A and A* A-Level students
  • How are A/A* Grades achieved?


Break and informal discussion

11.15 – 11.30am

The Exams – Techniques and Tactics

11.30 – 1.00pm
  • The key topics A/A* students find most challenging and how to scaffold Techniques for memory retrieval and recall and application to examination questions
  • Dissecting examination questions- vocabulary & command words
  • Strategies to improve responses to exam questions and signposting
  • A look at some of the challenging areas and difficult topics in A-Level Politics
  • Mechanisms; how to embed the academic rigour required to maximise marks
  • Avoiding potential hazards – what can cost a top student their A/A* grade?


1.00 – 2.00pm

The Key Challenges for A/A* Students in the Papers

2.00 – 3.00pm
  • Developing a deep understanding of Politics concepts
  • Strategies to ensure students write top level responses to questions every time
  • Developing a personalised approach to note taking to support recall
  • Activating prior knowledge to improve retention of key topic areas

Afternoon tea and informal discussion

3.00 – 3.15pm

Stretching and Challenging the Most Able Students

3.15 – 3.45pm
  • What makes a strong A-Level response? How can we build up to this?
  • Using wider reading to prepare for exams
  • using questions over and above recommended reading, preparing for Oxbridge
  • Resources and lessons to stretch the most able students in Politics.
  • Strategies for stretching A/A* students in a mixed-ability classroom and challenging complacent high-achievers


London | Wednesday 06 March 2024

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This course, tailored to suit, can be delivered in your school. Discuss this further with our CPD team on 01625 532974 or click below to make an enquiry.


John Jefferies has been head of Politics at Warwick School since 1998. He was Head of Sixth Form for 13 years and is currently Senior Tutor. He has examined A-Level Politics and written and co-written 5 texts books on domestic and global politics. He contributes to Politics Review and regularly appears on the Heaton podcast with Warwick School Head of History, Oliver O’Brien.


  •  Teachers of Pearson Edexcel A-Level Politics
  • Heads of Politics
  • Aspiring Heads of Politics
  • Teachers with responsibility for A-Level Politics


  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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