London Fields is a larger than average primary school situated in Hackney, east London. The school was rated Outstanding by Ofsted in 2011 and again in 2015. The school has a challenging context with free school meals, minority ethnic groups and English as an Additional Language all far in excess of the national average.
Having been to HA Primary History conferences, the history co-ordinator at the school, Sarah Winser, had learnt a lot of new teaching ideas and developed her own subject knowledge which she was eager to share with the other teachers. The school had done a huge amount of work to develop an engaging, investigative and progressive programme of study for history in line with the new curriculum expectations and felt that the process of auditing and collating their evidence would help to further improve the learning experience they were providing and highlight any gaps that they could work on.
Awards like this cannot be gained by one person alone and the history co-ordinator was lucky to have a supportive, forward-thinking leadership team to turn to and an enthusiastic staff who were eager to extend their own knowledge and teaching as well as the learning in their classroom. They began by looking at each individual criterion and listing ways in which they could evidence each one. This highlighted any gaps and areas for improvement which they could then spend the following months addressing...
- Primary History 72: London Fields Quality Mark
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