Tuesday 30 March 2021


Politics students are living through one of the most interesting periods in recent history. The speed at which events change, Prime Ministers fall, elections are called and models of ‘correctness’ change poses a challenge for all of us. How do we incorporate contemporary political examples into our teaching? More importantly, how do we ensure students move beyond textbook examples and enrich essays with recent political events and analysis to reach the higher marks?

This teacher webinar session will take a deep dive into essay writing, focussing on the different elements of a high-mark paragraph, essay structure for a UK 30-mark question, practical techniques to handling sources and source based questions and gain the latest on the demands of the assessment for 2021.

All sessions are fully interactive involving discussion and Q and A. Resources will be shared digitally..


  • Gain the latest understanding of the demands of the Pearson/Edexcel Politics assessment – with a reflection on the last two exams and a looking forward to assessment in 2021
  • Understand how to integrate stronger essay writing technique into lessons.
  • A focus on the 30-mark question and how to reach the higher levels in AO1 knowledge, A02 Analysis and A03 Evaluation
  • A demonstration of what a ‘sustained judgment’ mean?
  • Fine tune techniques to overcome the dreaded ‘source based question’.
  • Heads of Politics
  • Pearson/Edexcel A Level Politics Teachers
  • Teachers looking to change to Pearson/Edexcel 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
  • Opportunities to network
  • Two online twilight sessions


4.30 – 6.00pm

  • The 30 mark question and how to reach the higher Levels in AO1 knowledge, AO2 Analysis and AO 3 Evaluation
  • Approaches and exemplar paragraphing. How to bring in contemporary examples and what does Level 5 analysis look like
  • How to integrate stronger essay writing technique into lessons
  • The dreaded source question: how to demystify the source question, with a step by step guide.
  • Embedding contemporary examples into lessons. Techniques to link contemporary news to the specification.
  • Embedding reflective essay practice as part of our teaching.
  • How to develop independence and resilience in students – techniques to avoid the ‘marking trap’.
  • Use of exemplar responses to illustrate A*/A and C grade level responses

Jal Patel

Jal Patel is the Head of Politics at a London Sixth Form with one of the largest politics departments in the country, an examiner for Edexcel, he host a politics podcast and web resource, has written for Politics Review Magazine, is an editor and content producer for several courses and author of a soon to be published revision guide. He has been teaching politics for over 10 years.