Examining US and UK politics

Over recent weeks, Politics students from both 6.1 and 6.2 have enjoyed full-day immersive experiences in “academic politics from an examiner’s perspective”, in the novel locations of places of worship in London, chosen specifically to encourage students to be reflective. 6.2 students, following a course in applied US politics and government, were led through talks whose titles ranged from the relevance of the Electoral College as a means of electing modern Presidents through to an assessment of whether the US Supreme Court has too much power for an unelected body. The talks led to lively debate and conversation on the train back to school, with students particularly focusing on whether the UK would benefit from a more presidential-style of government. Happily for David Cameron and the Con-Lib Coalition, they voted to keep the status quo. The course for 6.1 politics students is firmly centred in the politics and governance of the UK. Their talk titles covered a range of fascinating topics, examining the role of pressure groups such as Frack Off, Action for Children and Fathers for Justice and the balance of power between the Commons and the Lords, amongst others. The clarity of the speakers, combined with their excellent insight into the examinations system and consequent focus on essay technique and the requirements of forming a balanced argument, meant that both days were a resounding success.

By  Ruth Tarrant, Head of Government and Politics


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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