Auditory Learners and Government and Politics in the Digital Age.

As all good teachers know, a lot of people learn best by listening.  That’s fine in the classroom, but send them home with some reading to do for homework and it just doesn’t sink in.  These auditory learners don’t get on as well with the written word.  Fortunately, there is a wealth of programmes, videos and podcasts available for immediate download across the Internet.

But, as ever, the key to exam success is to make sure what they listen to is relevant to the specification and in student-friendly language.  That’s where Debates in Politics comes in.  Not only does each debate cover a key issue in relation to the AS and A Level Edexcel or AQA exam board specification, it also includes exam-style questions, that help you prepare them for the exam. The accompanying printed materials including detailed transcripts mean both your visual and auditory learners will keep pace.

Specification-specific editions are so far available for Edexcel and AQA. Click on the links below for prices and previews.

  • Debates in Politics: Audio Dialogues for A Level US Politics AQA (12 debates)
    Debates include: AQA exam topics ‘The electoral college is in dire need of reform’, ‘Third/minor parties and independents are never successful in US elections’ and ‘The Supreme Court has more power than was envisaged by the Founding Fathers’

Listen to sample right now!

Listen to the lively debate on UK politics ‘The House of Commons is not effective at performing its functions in Parliament’ for FREE now at and for US politics ‘The Supreme Court has more power than was envisaged by the Founding Fathers’ at (Bookmark it and you can play it to your class. It’s a great way to kick-start debates!)

ZigZag resources are available as ‘copy masters’ or in editable format and come with a site licence, allowing you to pay once and copy as often as you need, or put on your server for multiple use – and students can download the podcasts to their MP3 players.  All resources come with a quality-guarantee, 10-day sale or return period.

The Debates in Politics are available as photocopy masters with a site licence (£39–£64). Also available in:

  1. Easy-printing PDF files (add 30%+VAT), or
  2. PDF with editable Word files (add 50%+VAT).

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To Kill a Mockingbird – An Abridged Text

To Kill a Mockingbird was written by Harper Lee and is a famous American novel about a girl called Scout Finch. The novel is set in the 1930s in the U.S.A. One of the most important themes in To Kill a Mockingbird is racism.

In the novel an Afro-American is accused of raping a white lady. It is clear that he is innocent but because he is black he is found guilty. To Kill a Mockingbird is set in a town called Maycomb in the southern states of the U.S.A.

During the 1930s racial discrimination was a big problem in the U.S.A. Black people were poor and they were not treated fairly by most white people. Scout and her family are different. They treat black people with respect. In the 1930s the law did not help Afro-Americans. Many had to go to prison for crimes they did not commit. In to Kill a Mockingbird an innocent black man has to go to prison.

Quite often the content of the National Curriculum can be intractable for pupils who speak English as a second language.  The teaching of English can now be made wholly accessible using these resources.  Set texts have been effectively differentiated so that they can be understood by pupils who may find the original versions difficult.

The texts chosen have been widely used in English and Special Needs classrooms and promote the development of reading, writing and listening skills.

They have proven to be very popular because of the accessibility. At the end of each section there is a series of stimulating exercises, which are designed to enhance language acquisition.  The texts available are studied for the Certificate of Achievement, in years 9-11.  As teachers, we know that understanding the text not only activates interest but, ultimately, that all pupils can obtain encouraging grades in their Certificates of Achievement.

44 Photocopiable masters £29.99 + VAT

Once purchased, the CD can be freely copied and networked throughout the school!

To see sample pages please email quoting the order code H5257.

You can order the To Kill a Mockingbird – An Abridged Text CD-ROM in any of these ways:

  • On our website
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  • By post to: Classroom Resources, 9 Logan Road, Bristol, BS7 8DU

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A troublesome problem for students and teachers alike…. but now there’s a simple, low cost and effective solution

Have you ever wondered how many lessons each day might be disrupted simply because  a few  students forget to bring the basic kit to their lessons.

No pens, no ruler, no pencils. This usually means wasted time while some students beg, steal or borrow what they need before any teaching can take place.

It can lead to frustration among those students who DO have what they need. They want to get on with the lesson but get fed up with the delay……and quite often there’s a bit of disturbance until everyone’s ready for the lesson to begin.

It can also add to the stress experienced by teaching staff if their lessons are cut short because of  delays.

But now there’s a simple and effective solution…  The “Student Essentials” set.

The “Student Essentials” set contains all that students need for most of their lessons… it contains three quality black ink pens, two full length HB pencils, a 15 cm ruler, a metal sharpener and an eraser, all packed in a clear, “exam friendly” A5 size wallet with a zip-slider.

If “Student Essentials” sets can be made available at the start of a school day,  perhaps from the school office or library, then at least students will have an opportunity to obtain what they need for most lessons. Disruptions and delays can become a thing of the past.

Details of “Student Essentials” sets can be found on the Signpost Educational website:

“Student Essentials” sets (from just 75p ex vat) can be obtained from Signpost Educational Ltd, PO Box 999, London, E14 6SH

Contact them by email: or phone: 020 7515 1797 or fax: 020 7515 4420