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Politics – An introduction

21 September @ 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm BST

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Apparently there is an ancient Chinese curse which goes something like ‘May you live in interesting times’. Well it certainly seems like we are living in interesting times!

Locally, nationally and globally we are all touched by political events ranging from Marcus Rashford’s campaign around Food Poverty to Brexit claims and counter-claims and the impact Trump(ism) has had, and continues to have, on the USA and the world.

Although research has found three quarters of young people want the option to take a Politics GCSE the main UK exam boards do not currently offer one. This topic will be of interest to students who may take Politics A-level further down the line (or other Politics qualifications), spark enthusiasm for Political engagement or even lead to a Political career.

The main aim of this topic is to increase understanding about what Politics is, how it affects all our lives and how people can get involved. 

This topic is a great way for your child to access quality learning at a very competitive price. These classes permit interactivity via the chat function, polls and quizzes but in order to maximise security and assist with concentration student cameras and microphones will not be enabled.

Lessons can be taken as a whole topic (recommended) or individually, if preferred, as they are written to make sense on a lesson by lesson basis. The lessons are most likely suitable for students aged approximately 12-16 years of age.

Tuesday 7 Sept: What is Politics? – Learn about the ideas behind power, authority and accountability. Why do we need rules, who makes them and why it matters. Compare democracies with dictatorships.

Tues 14 Sept: Decision making – Learn about the different layers of government affecting you. Parish councils, local councils, Regional mayors, the UK Parliament and the European Parliament. Find out what MPs do and how your MP has voted in the past.

Tues 21 Sept: Political Parties – Learn about the main political parties in the UK and what they stand for.  Compare First Past the Post with Proportional Representation.

Tues 28 Sept: Getting heard – Learn about the power of the media, lobbyists and individuals such as Marcus Rashford. Consider actions such as petitions, demonstrations, voting and joining pressure groups or political parties.

Tues 5 Oct: Elections and voting – Learn about different voting systems around the world and the ones we use in the UK. Which do you think is fairest?

Tues 12 Oct: Political and media – Learn about media ownership in the UK. Who chooses which stories make the news? Why? What is bias? Who can you trust?

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Your Tutor

Andy Milson BSc, PGCE

Andy is a qualified and experienced science teacher who has been working in education since 2009 and with Home Ed families since 2018 . Andy has also worked in research for the NHS, in CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services), in publishing and in events management. Andy is interested in all types of science from Astronomy to Zoology, politics, board games and the natural world (including gardening, birds and pets). Andy is a co-founder of Tutor Led Learning.

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21 September
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
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Suggested age group
KS3/4: 12-16