Unit 2 - the things you simply MUST revise
Let's get one thing straight. I am not in the predictions business. However, every politics teacher worth their salt should right now be trawling through past exam papers and also be considering the big news stories of the previous year. They should then make a list of the key topics that an examiner, somewhere, locked away in their Edexcel cupboard, is dreaming up for this coming Thursday's exam. The teacher should be thinking of what they would set if they were the chief examiner. Based on this method, I suggested to my students that they ought to revise Labour's divides for today's Unit 1 exam, given the fact that it had been a while since a 25 mark question was asked on that topic and how Corbyn's election as Labour Party leader has reignited a civil war between traditional socialists and Blairites. Guess what? The question came up!
Below is a list of areas that I would cover for Unit 2. They may or may not come up, but you would be a fool to not revise them owing to the types of questions that have been set in the past and the latest political debates in the media:
- Codified / Uncodified arguments
- The success and failure of each constitutional reform since 1997 with a specific focus on reforms since 2010.
- How the features of the U.K. constitution have changed (e.g. moving towards quasi-federalism; greater entrenchment through referendums etc.)
PM and Cabinet:
- How significant is the cabinet today? Providing an update on Cameron's tricky cabinet colleagues (IDS resignation etc) would be advantageous.
- How effectively judges hold governments to account with perhaps an emphasis on judicial review (referring to statements of incompatibility always gets you marks).
- How can parliament hold government to account - Does it do it well? Emphasise recent developments (secret ballots for select committee chairs etc.)
I have a funny feeling that this is a government accountability year. We'll see.
Good luck all!