A Level Edexcel Learning Grids: Components 1 and 2: UK Politics and Government

A brilliant idea designed to support differentiation. Students work through the question grids to review each specification point. Working alone or in pairs, with or without their books, every student can engage with this resource.

Focuses on knowledge. This is the foundation block they need

D Taborda, Politics Teacher & Customer

Progressive structure helps students grasp the basics before tackling applied questions.

A godsend for weaker students who find it difficult to absorb information in class. Particularly supports ‘hands-on’ learners who need to write information down to absorb it.

Requires minimal preparation and interaction from the teacher
  1. Leads to active learning, scaffolding of understanding and student confidence
  2. An easy-to-set, yet valuable homework or cover lesson
  3. Students work individually, you can focus where the help is needed
  4. End result: revision notes – with full spec coverage!

There are no other resources like this

S Pugsley, Head of Political Sciences & Customer

New 2022 editions! Bang up to date with all the key events of 2020–2022: from Johnson's majority, through the pandemic and lockdowns, to developments in party-political factions and the new PM!

Cross-referenced against:
  • ZigZag Education Course Companions for A Level Edexcel Politics
  • Edexcel GCE Politics AS and A Level Student Book, by Goodlad et al. (Pearson, ISBN 978–1292187020)
  • UK Government and Politics for AS/A Level (5th Ed.), by Bennett et al. (Hodder, ISBN 978–1471889233)

ZigZag Education is not affiliated with Pearson or Hodder.

Also available for: USA Politics

What do teachers say about this resource? (9270)

This is the learning grid that I believe has had the most impact – a difficult topic boiled down to its core elements. I am very happy with this resource! It has helped to bring together a difficult topic for students to grasp. The questions really focus their minds on the key areas of the course... They can pinpoint their areas of weakness and we can focus on these areas in more detail... They can be implemented as part of a wider scheme of work to quickly test knowledge retention as we go through the course... brilliant either as stand-alone or integrated tests for students – well worth the money!

D Taborda, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

What do teachers say about this resource? (9268)

Superb – this is extremely well written and the learning grids provide a fantastic opportunity for students to openly test their knowledge against the questions... The questions are probing whilst at the same time provide good confidence boosts for students who sometimes struggle with specific aspects of the course... They will be using aspects at home for independent revision and more for focussed revision on weak areas in class... Its versatility is its biggest strength – it allows the teacher to use them virtually any way they want to – really strong in terms of other resources... Purchase in order to get the maximum number of opportunities for students to achieve strong grades. They complement other revision resources very well... [matches Edexcel] perfectly!

D Taborda, Teacher & Customer

What do teachers say about this resource? (10423)

Electoral systems are always difficult for the students to grasp as there is now more of an emphasis on the comparisons between them and subsequently, they need to compare two very different systems in order to show a fuller comparison. The Learning Grids are a superb way of being able to show this in a clear and simple format and it is a wonderful addition to this collection of resources... The answers are excellent and extremely well put together so that there is no ambiguity regarding what the answer should be... The depth of questioning is strong and students aren't just 'answering questions' - they need to think before they answer... Nothing to dislike! Because the students can bear down on what topics they find hard, this resource is extremely valuable. It allows the students to work on the areas where the most development is needed in order to progress forwards... my students absolutely love them as a resource... Nothing is left to chance by ZigZag and as always, the resources are very carefully and professionally produced.

D Taborda, Deputy Head & Peer Reviewer

What do teachers say about this resource? (9236)

Well written and resourced... Can be utilised by students for independent and collaborative learning... The questions are excellent – very focused on the specification and specific to each topic. Students are getting a very good knowledge base... My students are very enamoured by this resources – they are very much finding these excellent for knowledge consolidation... Perfect for revision, starters, plenaries – so much variety! 

D Taborda, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

The Learning Grids produced are a good way to get students to work independently and test their knowledge of the Constitution. The key content is covered, and it shows a good breadth of information... The answers document is comprehensive and allows the students to ensure that they have the correct knowledgeand can also lend itself to independent learning – students could create their own resources from these questions themselves

D Taborda, Teacher & Peer Reviewer

What do teachers say about this resource? (9269)

Excellent – I had never really thought about using such a resource before but I am now very much interested in making these a more integrated part of the course. They link to other resources showing the whole network of places that students can use to consolidate knowledge. They will be using this in the lead up to their study leave so this will be invaluable for last-minute knowledge revision. Its simplicity means it is wonderfully versatile . You can use this in so many ways which means you are getting more than just the one resource. Brilliant for independent and group activities – versatile and very good value for money.

D Taborda, Teacher & Customer

What do teachers say about this resource? (10413)

The consistency of the Learning Grids means that students are not jumping from one type of task to another - it is systematic and structured which is what students want - it is certainly what my students like... These can be used in a variety of ways meaning the students can utilise this in the way that suits them. The usefulness of the Political Party Learning Grids are that students can break down a difficult topic into simpler chunks to facilitate their learning and understanding... There is absolutely no doubt that it meets the specification... I would have no hesitation in leaving this as a cover task or even as a silent starter/plenary without needing to quickly check over all the information.

D Taborda, Deputy Head & Peer Reviewer

What do teachers say about this resource? (10422)

Very good resource which shows an excellent variety of tasks and content throughout. They are an excellent addition to a variety of very good resources for the New Specification which leave students in a strong position to do well in their exams and to help consolidate their learning and their knowledge... an extremely detailed and thorough resource... I am very impressed by the excellent coverage of topics - superb varied knowledge tasks... I very much like the specific focus on the various improvements to universal suffrage - students are expected to know why these occurred and the impact this had... The answers are always informative and well written... Due to the variety of ways this can be used (starter task, revision cards, knowledge tests, consolidation tasks, essay planning) this resource becomes extremely valuable and extremely vital to the learning and understanding of the students. These will become an important staple of my Politics planning next year as they are ready-made resources for use in and out of the classroom.

D Taborda, Deputy Head & Peer Reviewer