History coordinators' dilemma: Drama, creativity, literacy and the curriculum


By Dr Tim Lomas, published 30th March 2008

I'm a newly-appointed subject leader for history. Before that I was the coordinator for the creative arts and I thought I had some excellent ideas on how history teaching could be much more creative. The headteacher though is not so sure and has knocked my confidence a bit. She has said that I should keep history simple following the basics of the programme of study. Because she does not see history as any kind of priority when our literacy results are as mediocre as they are, the best solution she has is to keep on what we are doing at the moment. Staff are already exhausted with the focus on the core subjects.

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