Online | Tuesday 23 March 2021
Online | Tuesday 22 June 2021


This course will demonstrate how to guide your best students to achieve grades A & A* in future Pearson/Edexcel 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* in Pearson Edexcel A-level Politics
  • 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 Pearson/Edexcel A-level Politics
  • Teachers considering teaching Pearson/Edexcel 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

  • 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?
  • Grades A and A*: what are the difference between these with Pearsons A-level Politics
  • Key attributes of Grade A and A* students in the classroom
  • Avoiding potential hazards: what can cost a top student their A grade?

10.45 – 11.00am

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

  • Tackling the toughest context: approaches to unpick the hardest topics in UK and US Politics
  • 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?
  • Stretching top students with examples
  • Managing the content: how much should A and A* grade students know?
  • How A*/A students can 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 to stretch the most able
  • Political Ideas: demands of the question and how to plan them
  • Using thinkers effectively – what differentiates the best answers
  • Utilising wider reading to support A and A* answers
  • Deep examination of content – using who?/what?/whay?/when? to push students

1.00 – 2.00pm


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

  • What could be asked and what are the potential pitfalls for students
  • How to structure Question 1 & Question 2 answers to reach the top mark band
  • How to add theory to Q2 most effectively
  • What makes a strong A-level answer and how can we build up to thi?

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 taught at and led an A Level Politics department at a top state school for nearly 20 years. She has been an examiner and then a Team Leader for a major awarding body and is a current examiner. Recently she was involved in writing the new A Level Politics linear specification and has co-written two A Level Politics textbooks. She runs many training sessions to help teachers prepare for the Edexcel Politics A Level specification, on which she is an expert.