The Politics Shed

WELCOME: To students, ex-students and those interested Politics.

This site is a resource I collected, or wrote or gathered from a variety of sources for my students as an addition to the text books they were using. I was able to keep it up to date, add my own material and use it in class. There were many lessons where I used these resources as a basis for discussion, elaboration, homework or for fun.

Now, as I cavort in the sun dappled glades of retirement I continue to update these pages by adding content including links to useful sites and videos or my own resources including handouts, essay plans, PowerPoints and videos of me sharing my wisdom. I plan to develop the site to include other areas of teaching and anything else which interests me.

There are video lesson which are me talking without notes or script - I review what I have said and correct ant errors with added text.

Use any, all or none, as you wish.

Good luck

Created by Mr G- .BA MA . 35 Years a sixth form teacher , teaching and examining A Levels in History, AP History, Cultural Studies and Government and Politics in the UK and USA

Contact: jfgibbs105@gmail.com

The resources added to this site are put together from a variety of sources. If there is any concern that resources have not been properly credited – this is certainly unintentional. Please contact me straight way and I will remedy this immediately.

Acknowledgement of Texts referred to in this site


  • US Government and Politics Anthony Bennett

  • Edexcel Politics for AS & A Level Pearson

  • US Government and Politics Andy Williams

  • Political Ideologies Andrew Heywood

  • UK Government and Politics Neil Mc Naughton

  • Governing America Robert Singh

  • American Government JS Sutton

  • Essentials of UK Politics Andrew Heywood

  • Politics UK Jones, Kavanagh, Moran Norton.

  • Politics Teaching

  • Global Politics for A-level Robert Murphy, John Jefferies, Et al

  • Global Politics: A New Introduction By: Jenny Edkins, Maja Zehfuss

  • Global Politics Andrew Heywood

  • Healy, G., The Cult of the Presidency, Harvard University Press, 2008.

  • Heywood, A., Politics, Palgrave Macmillan, 2002. McKay, D., American Politics and Society, 9th edition, Wiley Blackwell, 2018.

  • Melton, Jr, B.F., ‘The weaponization of impeachment’, The Atlantic, 3 December 2019.

  • Norton, P., Parliament in the 1980s, Blackwell, 1985. Ornstein, N., and Mann, T., ‘The Hill is alive with the sound of hearings’, www.aei.org, 21 March 2007.

  • Shaw, M., Anglo-American Democracy, Routledge, 2013. Unger, I., The Best of Intentions: The Triumphs and Failures of the Great Society under Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon, Doubleday, 1996. Vile, M.J.C., Politics in the USA, Routledge, 1999.

The resources added to this site are put together from a variety of sources. If there is any concern that resources have not been properly credited – this is certainly unintentional. Please contact me straight way and I will remedy this immediately.

Thank-you for your understanding.