The State of UK Politics: Navigating the Landscape for A-Level Politics in 2023

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One of the major attractions of Politics A-Level for students is that it is offers a dynamic and constantly changing field of study. This makes the subject exciting and rewarding, but it also means that Politics teachers need to keep themselves informed about a vast array of significant political changes. This refreshed course will equip teachers with a thorough and stimulating update on the fast-changing nature of UK Politics and show how new developments in UK Politics can be introduced into class in an intellectually exciting and academically rewarding way. Though this course will focus on several important teaching areas in UK Politics and UK Government for the Pearson specification, this course would benefit all those teaching Government and Politics of the UK for the AQA qualification.  


  • Updates on major developments in UK politics
  • How political change and development can be used to invigorate teaching
  • Find out more about how this knowledge can best be demonstrated in exam question responses
  • Develop strategies to help both highly able and weaker students improve their marks in these questions.


The Key Challenges For Students

10.00 – 10.30am
  • An examination of the different types of exam questions and their requirements
  • Developing a deep understanding of the UK politics
  • Strategies to consistently write top level evaluation
  • Activating prior knowledge to improve retention of key topic areas
  • Exploring strategies to improve student performance on all types of questions [and for students of different levels of capability]

Parties, Policies, and the Path Ahead

10.30 – 11.00am
  • Exploring the importance of UK Politics and the current political climate
  • Vibrant and dynamic ways to explore the main political parties of the UK in the classroom
  • Techniques to enhance students ability to compare parties’ policies and ideologies


Morning break

11.00 – 11.15am

From Brexit to Russia: How Recent Events Have Shaped UK Politics

11.15 – 12:00pm
  • Brexit and its impact on UK politics
  • The COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on politics
  • Exploring the aftermath of the 2019 general election
  • The rise of nationalism and populism in the UK
  • The effects of the Ukraine – Russia conflict on UK politics



12.00 – 1.00pm

The Global Impact of UK Politics: A Look at the UK’s Role in the World

1.00 – 1.45pm
  • The UK’s relationship with the European Union and the rest of the world
  • The UK’s role in global affairs, including foreign policy and international aid
  • The future of UK Politics


Afternoon Break

1.45 – 2:00pm

Overcoming Challenges in UK Politics: Building a Better Future for All

2:00 – 2:45pm
  • Identifying the challenges facing UK Politics
  • Social inequality and poverty
  • Climate change and environmental issues
  • Immigration and multiculturalism
  • Political polarization and extremism

Achieving Maximum Success on the Essay Question

2:45 – 3:30pm
  • Writing an excellent response in only 30 minutes
  • Comparison strategies for success
  • Teaching in-depth topics with limited time
  • The core thinkers and how to deploy them
  • Exploring high achieving responses and identifying why they did so well.


London | Monday 04 December 2023
London | Wednesday 20 March 2024

Please select your preferred date

London | Monday 04 December 2023
London | Wednesday 20 March 2024

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.


  • Heads of Politics
  • Politics teachers
  • Teachers looking for the latest updates


  • 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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