Government & Politics

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.

Mr Robert Paler, MA, PGCE - Head of Department

Mr Paler came to Charterhouse as Head of Department in September of 2015. He has taught Politics in a number of schools including North London Collegiate, Trinity and Croydon High. When studying at SOAS in the very first year of the new millennium he focused on Ottoman History and the Politics of the Turkish Republic and this was arguably the natural outcome of having lived and worked as a teacher in Istanbul in the 1990s. He is a tutor at Weekites, a hockey coach and cricket coach. Robert is married to Esra and they have two children.

Mr Ian Richards, MA

Ian joined the School in 2009 and teaches the UK Politics course and Political Ideologies. He is also the Housemaster of Hodgsonites, a post he has held since 2015. Over the years he has written many articles for the magazine Politics Review and was its editorial board for several years  as its online editor. Ian has taught in several other schools, including Dr Challoner’s High School in Chesham where he was Head of Politics and Head of University Admissions. Ian has three young children and enjoys running in his spare time. He is a keen off-road runner and enjoys competing in 10k races.

Mr Rupert Follett, MA

Mr Follett joined Charterhouse in 2012 after serving for 16 years as an Infantry Officer in the British Army. During his years in the Army, Mr Follett saw operational service in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan. He holds an undergraduate degree in Politics and a Master’s degree in History. It probably comes as no surprise that his academic interests lie in the study of conflict and international relations. Outside of the classroom Mr Follett is the Contingent Commander of the CCF, Assistant Housemaster of Girdlestoneites and coaches football and cricket teams. In the holidays he is married with three children.