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Politics at Channing
At Channing, Politics is offered in the Sixth Form for both AS and A2 level. The aim of the course is to introduce girls to the study of government: how it operates, how it is organised, how politicians are elected. We also consider the role of the government and its relationship with the electorate; how relevant are the political institutions at the heart of government?
Partisan politics: Year 13 Politics students and their teachers
Key Stage 5 (A'Level)
The examination board for A'Level Politics is Edexcel. At AS level, the focus is on contemporary British politics, including the role of political parties, Parliament, pressure groups and the European Union.
Girls in Year 13 sat their A2 unit 3c module in January 2010.
At A2 level, the girls study:
American politics, including political parties, civil rights, the role of Congress, the Supreme Court and the President.
Global politics: terrorism, war, human rights, globalisation, the war on terror.
Outside the classroom
Channing is ideally situated close to the heart of the British political system - Westminster. Girls studying AS Politics start the course in September with a visit to the Houses of Parliament, where they meet and talk with an MP, have a tour of both Houses and learn about the traditions of Westminster.
Channing also has a Politics Society, where girls in both Years 12 and 13 meet in an informal setting to discuss important issues of the day.
The Politics Department also takes girls to Brussels to visit the European Parliament and to meet MEPs. We have also been fortunate to welcome a range of speakers to Channing, including a human rights judge, a leading barrister and a member of the House of Lords.
The Sixth Formers also visited New York, where they took in a range of sites, including the United Nations.
Last term, several girls in Year 12 attended a Cameron Direct meeting at a nearby school, where they took part in a question-and-answer session with Conservative Party leader David Cameron. One student asked Mr Cameron a question about nuclear power. Later this month, all the girls in Year 12 will be attending a pre-Election hustings conference in Central London.
Model United Nations
On the weekend of March 27-29, a group of Year 12 students took part in the Model United Nations conference being held at The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School.