This NEW course is designed for all teachers of A-level Politics who wish to ensure that their students are prepared for success in their exams.  This course combines a review of course delivery, an update on Political Ideologies to ensure your students are fully up to date in preparation for the exam, plus marking activities to confirm that your students are on track to achieve high grades. The course has a particular focus on the Edexcel specification, but is also relevant for those teaching AQA Politics.


  • An opportunity to review your teaching of the new specification
  • Excellent teaching ideas to make links and extend thinking skills which help students achieve higher grades
  • Focus on the assessment objectives and level based marking to help your students gain top marks
  • Update your teaching activities and scheme of work for improved teaching
  • Take away a resource pack of teaching materials
COURSE DATES London Thursday 27 June 2019
  • Teachers of the new A-level Politics specifications
  • Heads of Department
  • NQTs and those who have not taught A-level Politics before
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 – 11.15am: Overview of the new specification and structuring your teaching of Political Ideologies

  • Political Ideologies – the key points and topics in the new specification and challenges for teachers
  • Planning your teaching – how to fit Political Ideologies into your teaching of the specification, including a discussion on the first year’s teaching of A-level Politics and what we have learned
  • Scheme of Work and teaching review – how to meet the demands of the new specification to ensure student progress
  • Tricky areas: how to integrate Political Ideologies into the teaching of the other components, to enhance student understanding and improve answers to synoptic questions

11.15 – 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break


11.30 – 1.00pm: Looking forward: resources, assessment and planning of Political ideas

  • Teaching ideas (resource pack) to ensure student motivation and progress
  • Review of useful books and other resources to use as teaching aids
  • Teaching techniques which stretch and challenge the most able
  • Encouraging independent learning on Political Ideas – methods to extend all students and increase their confidence in A-level Politics

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch and informal discussion


2.00 – 3.30pm: Assessment of Political ideologies and Revision strategies

  • Assessment Objectives and level based marking – why these matter and how to ensure students stay on track
  • Marking activities to demonstrate the standard and for use with students
  • Review of assessment criteria and how to teach exam technique to students for high marks
  • How to revise effectively and make sure students are working to the awarding body standards
  • Ensuring students stay up to date – teaching methods

3.30 – 3.45pm: Final questions and departure

Kathy Schindler

Kathy Schindler taught at and led an A Level Politics department at a top state school for nearly 20 years. Since she left she has worked as a private tutor. She has been an examiner and then a Team Leader for Edexcel exam board. Recently 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 for a major exam board to help teachers prepare for the new Politics A Level syllabus.

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