Government and Politics

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The study of politics demands that pupils think for themselves.

Politics is exciting at Bede's because it is through debate, discussion and disagreement that our pupils shape their own views and opinions of the modern political landscape and their place within it.

Ours is not a subject that can be neatly contained within the pages of a textbook. Bede's pupils thrive at A Level because they are challenged to immerse themselves fully in the ever-changing political narrative of the day. Pupils of politics are committed to exploring current events, ideas and debates through routine engagement with quality media, both print and digital.

This immersion in the political realm enables pupils to develop their own viewpoints on the topics we study. At AS Level pupils gain a comprehensive understanding of British politics. They assess the nature of democracy in Britain and the relationships between the state and its citizens. They interrogate the distribution of power, including the changing nature of political institutions and the evolving role of parties and pressure groups.

In the second year of the A Level our pupils look beyond Britain in their study of the politics of the USA. They examine US elections, the policies of the Democrat and Republican parties, US pressure groups, racial and ethnic politics, as well as exploring the Constitution of the USA, the Congress, the presidency and the Supreme Court.

Just as politics is ever changing, the personal and world view of our pupils shifts, develops and evolves through their study of this living, breathing subject.

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Graeme Parker
The pleasure in teaching History and Politics is not in providing pupils with answers, but encouraging them to ask questions about the past, present and the future.

Graeme Parker, Head of Government and Politics and Knights House Tutor

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Government and Politics staff

The pleasure in teaching History and Politics is not in providing students with answers, but encouraging them to ask questions about the past, present and the future.

Graeme Parker, Head of Government and Politics, Teacher of History and Knights House Tutor

A strong, co-operative spirit is the rock upon which a thriving educational institution is built.

John Berryman, Teacher of History, Politics and Religious Studies and Knights House Tutor

I love History and want to inspire a new generation of Historians. It is extremely rewarding to see a pupil’s passion develop over the time that they are with us.

Katy O'Hara, Deputy Stud Housemistress and Teacher of History and Politics