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Government & Politics

Government & Politics

Overview of the Politics Department

The Politics department is focused on making students politically aware and to be active citizens in their society.  The department seeks to build confidence in every student to express their opinion and respect alternative opinions.  We seek to deepen understanding of British values such as liberal democracy and institutions such as parliament.  The intent of our curriculum is to widen understanding of democracy and political institutions in the UK, develop an understanding of the global community, international relations and the environment and support students to be politically aware and to express and challenge opinions in a respectful and tolerant manner. The curriculum will also support students become more politically and culturally aware of the political sphere in the UK and global community by extending learning outside of the classroom. Ultimately, students will also focus the content outlined to prepare students to achieve in formal examinations.

Meet the Politics teachers

Name Role About them
S. Burdett Head of Department
M. Noonan Assistant Principal Ms Noonan joined Crayford Academy in September 2020 and is an experienced teacher in Politics and the humanities subjects more widely.

Curriculum Statement

Key Stage 5

Government and Politics is studied at KS5. It covers a wide range of topics on UK government and politics and gives a deep insight into the British political system and current issues. In Year 13 students go on to study Government and Politics of the USA where they will also compare and contrast the US political system with their learning in Year 12. This also gives students a greater insight in the understanding of democracy, systems of government, the role of political parties, leadership, human rights and voting behaviour.

The Politics department is focused on making students politically aware and to be active citizens in their society.  The department seeks to build confidence in every student to express their opinion and respect alternative opinions. We seek to deepen understanding of British values such as liberal democracy and institutions such as parliament.  The intent of our curriculum is to:

  • Widen understanding of democracy and political institutions in the UK.
  • Develop an understanding of the global community, international relations and the environment.
  • Support students to be politically aware and to express and challenge opinions in a respectful and tolerant manner.
  • Raise awareness of social issues and to encourage students to address these issues through social action.
  • Help students become more politically and culturally aware of the political sphere in the UK and global community by extending learning outside of the classroom.
  • Teach students the content outlined in curriculums and specifications and to prepare students to achieve in formal examinations.

View our Key Stage 5 Government & Politics Curriculum Map 

What qualifications can be gained?  

A Level in Politics (Edexcel)

How does Politics prepare students for the next stage of their education or employment?  

The study of Politics is an excellent progression into law, journalism, local and national government, the civil service, the charity sector and public policy research.  The skills obtained through the study of this A level will develop your communication, analysis and knowledge of current affairs which will benefit any career route you choose to undertake.

More Information

More information about our curriculum can be found by looking at our curriculum overviews