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PSA and Parliament Education Service Joint Teachers' Conference!

Tuesday 14th June 2016

We are delighted to announce that the PSA is in the very early stages of planning a joint one-day professional development conference with colleagues at UK Parliament Education Service on 'Political Leadership and Power in UK Politics' for A level Politics teachers.

The event will be held on the Parliamentary Estate on Tuesday 14th June 2016 and will be FREE of charge for PSA members.

The conference will cover aspects relating to political power in British politics, the relationship between the PM and Cabinet, and party political leadership. Delegates will also be invited to attend an optional Tour of the Palace of Westminster and the new Parliament Education Centre during the morning of the conference.

A full programme will be sent to PSA teacher members next month. Please save the date for now as spaces will be limited.

Additionally, to register your interest for this event, please complete the following on-line formhttp://goo.gl/forms/JqcYGg9ioC

NEW PSA Teachers' Topic Guides

Please note that the Teachers’ Topic Guides section has been updated over the weekend and we're delighted to add to the series with the following guides:

  1. UK Parliament - Professor Cristina Leston-Bandeira and Dr Louise Thompson
  2. The United States Supreme Court - Professor Robert McKeever

As part of your membership, you can download PSA Teachers' Topic Guides for free from the PSA website here: www.psa.ac.uk/psa-teachers'-topic-guides (login required)

PSA Teachers' Meeting with DfE on A level Reform

The PSA is convening a meeting of PSA teacher members and the Department for Education A level Reform Team.

The meeting is taking place on Friday 29th January 2016, 4pm – 5.30pm, in central London.  

We are delighted to be joined by Rebecca Viney and Bethany Caines, GCSE and A level reform Qualifications Division, Department for Education.

Rebecca and Bethany will present some early consultation analysis and offer the Department's thoughts on what the ‘next steps’ are, as well as outlining what the Department is doing in terms of the responses received and the views put forward. There will also be the opportunity for Q&As from teacher members.

To register for this meeting, please e-mail James Ludley by 4pm Friday 22nd JanuaryThe venue is in central London and full details will be given to members as they register. 

Capacity is limited and places are allocated on a first come first served basis. A waiting list will be held if numbers exceed the venue's capacity, therefore please only register if you are sure you can attend.

Personnel changes at the PSA...

Finally, for those who may be unaware, I will be moving on from the PSA at the end of this week to take up a new job elsewhere.

I just wanted to take this final opportunity to offer my thanks for your support during my time in the role and to wish you all the very best for the future!

I'll certainly be keeping one eye on the A level developments and I am sure the outcomes of the Chair's Commissions will help strengthen the PSA's offerings to schools and sixth form colleges.

In the meantime, please contact the office at info@psa.ac.uk and a member of the team can respond to any queries.

With very best wishes,

James Ludley
Programme Development Officer

020 7321 2545
PSA Head Office, 113a Jermyn Street, London, SW1Y 6HJ.