The Politics Department
Visions and Aims
Our department strongly believes in the value of political literacy for all students. We aim to inspire in Sixth Form students a curiosity and fascination for the real world of power, principles and policy; to understand how power is used, abused, amassed and distributed and how decisions by those in power affect our lives. Lower down the school we strive to involve all students through SMSC, PSHE and extra-curricular activities in considering political concepts such as ‘democracy’, ‘human rights’ and ‘the rule of law’ & in understanding the importance of what is potentially the most dynamic subject in the curriculum to their every day existence. We develop students’ communication skills and we nurture students to become well rounded, inquisitive and critical individuals.
The Politics Department specifically aims to:
● Develop in students a sophisticated and critical understanding of political systems whether that, for example, refers to the US and British constitutions, or elections, or the comparative powers of the American president and the British PM.
● Encourage students to use political terminology and political explanations to make sense of the world around them
● Encourage students to become independent learners and use the mass media to acquire knowledge of current affairs for themselves
● Extend the study of Politics beyond the classroom by offering biennial trips to Washington, annual trips to Westminster and regular opportunities to debate, such as Model United Nations and Bar Mock Trial, and, when appropriate, to run mock elections and referendums.
● Ensure that we maintain high levels of achievement for all.
● Prepare students:
– to succeed in examinations and further study
– to pursue different career paths
– for life as informed and active citizens.