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Politics seminar and lecture series

Each year the politics departments of Brighton College and LAE organise a joint conference in a committee room in the House of Commons followed by visits to the Cabinet Office, the Supreme Court and Number 10 Downing Street. In lockdown this was replaced with an online lecture and webinar series.

Aims

Each year the politics departments of Brighton College and LAE organise a joint conference in a committee room in the House of Commons followed by visits to the Cabinet Office, the Supreme Court and Number 10 Downing Street. In lockdown this was replaced with an online lecture and webinar series.

examples of lectures:

Dr Heinz Brandenburg 'Scottish Elections 2021 & a Possible Second Independence Referendum'

Professor Anand Menon ‘Ask an expert – Brexit and beyond’ Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at Kings' College London

The aims are to link subject knowledge to current affairs and "real world" implications, and to introduce both cohorts to a wider range of opinions and stimulate discussion.

Background

The project arose through professional development meetings between Heads of Department due to ongoing links between LAE and Brighton College. is an annual event, it started in 2019.

Resources

Teachers from both departments share the planning and admin for the project, and Brighton College provides transport and any financial costs for trips

Impact

Benefits are tracked in two ways; pupil A-Level choices in Year 11 attendees and progress at A Level. This impact is assessed yearly and used to inform the program of next year's seminars.

Pupil Involvement

All Politics students in LAE and Brighton College.

In the online lecture and webinar series this was extended to include all pupils in Year 11-13 at BC and all Politics pupils at LAE.

During Covid attendance has been good, ranging from 60-100 pupils.

Frequency

This is an annual event