Triumphs Show 133: Getting more pupils choosing History at GCSE

Teaching History feature

By Simon Milward-Hopkins, published 10th March 2009

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It is often remarked that history is under pressure nationally at GCSE. Our history numbers have never been enormous, and we have recently gone down from 2 sets to one set. The crunch came in 2007 when we collapsed to a dismal 12 students. A variety of factors may have contributed to this depressing situation:

  • a number of new courses were introduced at Key Stage 4 and were very well publicised to students;
  • many students dislike extended writing and perceive history as essay based;
  • many pupils and parents take a utilitarian view and prefer subjects that are explicitly linked to careers;
  • history is often perceived as being harder....

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