Department Background

‘History is the Politics of the past and Politics is the History of the present’ Andrew Heywood

Head of Department: Dr B. Quinn

Teachers: Ms A Gow-Smith | Ms Laura Ferracane | Ms E. Fishman |Dr B. Quinn

The Politics Department at Latymer believes strongly that the study of Politics is vital to the intellectual and social development of our pupils. We are committed to providing students with an opportunity to explore the key issues which shape political debate in Britain and throughout the wider world.

The Politics Curriculum at Latymer aims to:

  • Encourage students to be intellectually curious especially about the world around them and how power operates in it.
  • Make students interested in debating controversial issues and excited by new ideas
  • Develop students who are willing to listen to the views of others and who can appreciate differing viewpoints
  • Promote an interest in Politics beyond the classroom. At KS3 this is done through

The year eight and nine history forums and the History Society and later through participation in the Politics Podcast and History Magazine. All these forums provide an opportunity to discuss Politics

  • Foster links with other departments where appropriate
  • Develop transferable skills, such oracy and essay writing skills.
  • Produce students who are critical thinkers and can evaluate arguments through an appreciation of alternative perspectives on key issues.
  • Develop students who are confident enough and passionate enough to take Politics at university.

Year 12 - 13

At A Level we follow the Edexcel Politics specification. In year thirteen pupils explore the key features of domestic British politics and in year thirteen they combine a study of modern political ideologies with an exploration of global politics.

UK Politics

  • Democracy and Participation
  • Political Parties
  • Elections and electoral systems
  • Voting behaviour and the Media
  • Liberalism and Conservatism

UK Government

  • Constitution
  • Parliament
  • Prime Minister and Executive
  • Relations between Institutions: EU, Supreme Court
  • Ideologies: Feminism or Multiculturalism

Comparative Politics

  • Sovereignty
  • Global governance: Economic and Political
  • Comparative Theory: Realism and Liberalism
  • Power- The rise of China

Activities and Recent Highlights

Extra-Curricular Activities

Politics Society run by sixth form students

Guest lecturers

Politics Review

Online seminars and websites

Student subscription to the Historical Association

History Magazine (Clio) run by students

Politics Podcast


One of our central aims is to produce students who will want to study Politics or Politics related subjects at university. Between 2018-2020 16 students went on to study Politics or a combination of Politics with another subject, usually History.