Online |  Wednesday 24 March 2021
Online | Wednesday 23 June 2021


This course will demonstrate how to guide your best students to achieve grades A & A* in future A-Level Politics examinations, particularly for those choosing the USA 3A option. Led by a highly experienced senior examiner for a major awarding body, the course will demonstrate teaching and learning ideas for all three exams which will stretch and challenge able students and develop their higher-level skills. The course will offer detailed analysis of what is expected the top levels and explore ways to build your teaching practice around this.


  • Gain a clear understanding of the demands of Grades A & A*
  • Benefit from a detailed look at the different demands of questions across the UK, Ideas and US units in all three papers
  • Develop a confident grasp of the mark schemes and clarify your understanding of the requirements of the highest levels.
  • Sample answers at Grades A and A* will be discussed and marked
  • Heads of Humanities
  • Heads of Government & Politics
  • All teachers of A-level Politics
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 10.45am
Grades A and A*: how to achieve the highest levels

  • Consideration of what determines A* learners, including feedback from the 2019 exams
  • Structure of the specification, A-Level Politics exams and what they require of the best students
  • Analysis of mark schemes: what are the examiners looking for?
  • What do the three Assessment Objectives mean for A & A* grade students?

10.45 – 11.00am

11.00 – 12.00pm
Teaching UK: key challenges for Grade A/A* students

  • Approaches to the 30-mark source question: how can students achieve Level 5?
  • Writing essays with ‘well substantiated conclusions’: how can students meet the criteria for Level 5 in the 30-mark essay?
  • Managing the content: how much should A and A* grade students know?
  • How do A*/A students keep up to date with political developments and apply their knowledge?

12.00 – 1.00pm
Teaching Political Ideas: stretching and challenging the most able

  • Political Ideas: how to organise your teaching
  • Political Ideas: demands of the question and how to plan them
  • Using thinkers effectively

1.00 – 2.00pm

2.00pm – 2.45pm
Gaining the highest marks in the 12-mark USA Comparative questions

Comparative Questions

• What could be asked
• How to structure Q1 & Q2
• How to add theory to Q2 most effectively

30 mark essays

• Managing the content: how much should A and A* grade students know?
• Dealing with multi-topic questions – the hardest challenge?
• How can students manage top levels in all three Assessment Objectives.
• Stretching top students with examples
• How do A* students keep up to date with political developments and apply their knowledge?

2.45pm – 3.30pm
Revision approaches for A and A* students

  • Working to the standard: reviewing and marking specimen scripts to work to the top grades
  • Revision ideas to help students to produce high grade answers
  • Varying answer practice to stretch the most able

3.30 – 3.45pm

Plenary discussion and depart

Kathy Schindler

Kathy Schindler has taught at and led an A Level Politics department at a top state school for nearly 20 years. She is an experienced A Level Politics examiner and Team Leader for a major awarding group. She was involved in writing the new A Level Politics linear specification and has co-written two A Level Politics textbooks, published by Pearson. She runs many training sessions to help teachers prepare for the new Politics A Level. She also runs sessions in schools to support teachers as well as students.