Tuesday 29 June 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 session will take a deep dive into essay writing, focussing on the different elements of a high-mark paragraph, essay structure, handling the political ideas 24-mark question.

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’.
  • To address how to reach a higher analysis in the political ideas 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 Political Ideas 24 mark question: approaches and exemplar paragraphing
  • How to teach political ideas in a way to emphasise the debates between the differing internal ideological strands. Including resources and successful strategies.
  • How to use thinkers, and what does it mean to use them in a meaningful way.
  • Avoiding a narrative style answer to the ideas question, how to scaffold the question – planning and structure

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.