Planning for history - the coordinator's perspective

Primary History article

By Cathie McIlroy, published 21st March 2011

Please note: this article pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content may be outdated.

Editorial note: Cathie's paper can be used as a checklist of action points for the planning of Programmes of Study incorporating history.

Starting points

If you are responsible for leading teaching and learning in history, there are wonderful opportunities to challenge the pupils and extend their understanding. In my opinion you have the best co-ordinators role, not least because everyone has a view and their own experience to build upon.

  • Certainly have a goal for how you envisage the history curriculum to be, but be open to change your perspective.
  • Try your best to work together with pupils, parents and staff to produce a fluid plan for the history learning which meets the needs of your situation.
  • Take an audit at the start - of current provision, resourcing and expertise.


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