Visit any of our classes on this course and you will hear plenty of debate. Appealing to pupils interested in current affairs, Charterhouse offers a thought-provoking and in-depth insight into the Government and politics of the UK and the USA, as well as the policies of the European Union and their impact on our country.
We regularly review the media and use the latest teaching methods and tools to bring to life this ever-changing subject matter, enabling pupils to confidently form opinions and constructive arguments.
Due to the diversity of the subject matter, pupils find this course challenging yet highly rewarding and it is a very popular subject.
Full details of the curriculum are available in the Under School (Years 9-11) Curriculum and Sixth Form Curriculum sections.
The department is fully equipped with IT and library resources. At present there are three Government and Politics teachers at Charterhouse:
Mr Jesse Knight, BA - Head of Government & Politics
Awarded Bachelor of Arts in Government and Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology in 2002, Mr Jesse Knight previously taught History and was Head of General Studies at the Royal Hospital School before joining Charterhouse. He is a frequent contributor to Politics Review, the national magazine for students of Politics. In addition, he runs the Beveridge Society and co-runs the First Year Specialists (Sixth Form) Politics and Junior Politics Societies with Mr Ian Richards. He is also the Assistant Housemaster in Pageites, runs the Model United Nations team and coaches both the U19 and U16 Basketball teams.
Mr Ian Richards, MA
Following his BA in History (Royal Holloway), Mr Ian Richards earned an MA in History and Politics at the University of Warwick (with Distinction). Previously Head of Politics at Cheam High School and Dr Challoner's High School in Buckinghamshire, Mr Richards brings extensive teaching experience to the Department. Mr Richards is also the Online Editor of Politics Review magazine and is on its editorial board. He is the Assistant Housemaster in Hodgsonites, coaches boys' and girls' football and assists with swimming.
Mr Andrew Turner, BA, LLM
Bachelor of Arts in Government, Politics and Law, Mr Andrew Turner went on to earn his LLM in International Human Rights Law at the University of Essex. Deputy Headmaster, Mr Turner specialises in teaching US and Comparative Government and Politics and has written the Essential Words Dictionary for Government and Politics. He also runs the Second Year Specialist (Sixth Form) Politics Society, The Liverpool Group, tutors in Weekites and coaches football.