GCSE Guidance

As a subject leader, you will need to stay abreast of issues affecting Key Stage 4. In this section, you will find articles and guidance related to history at Key Stage 4.

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  • Three Year Key Stage Four

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    The recent Ofsted report 'Key Stage 3 The Wasted Years' highlights the need more than ever for Key Stage 3 to act as it was intended; as a solid 3 year grounding in the subject. The current un-accredited status of GCSE specifications also provides a stronger basis upon which to...

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  • New Treatments of Familiar Topics

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    Comparision of new GCSE Specifications Treatment of Familiar Topics If you, like many other departments are beginning to ask the questions that will determine which of the new history GCSE specifications your department will choose, one consideration may well be looking at the retention of familiar topics that you already...

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  • Publishing Support for New GCSE Specifications

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    New GCSE specifications are in the process of being submitted and accredited by Ofqual.  In the meantime, publishing partners have been identified and publishers are busy preparing resources to support specifications.  We thought it might be helpful for teachers to see what publishers are planning to publish for each specification,...

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  • New Thematic GCSE Content

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    As you are no doubt aware, GCSEs are changing. At present 2/3 of schools opt for the Modern World GCSE. Under the reformed criteria, it will no longer be possible to offer a modern world course and schools will be required to offer topics from a broader chronological range. In...

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  • GCSES are changing. Are you ready?

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    Outline: GCSEs are changing and that change will represent a greater shift in content and style than has been seen for many years. The new criteria, published by the DfE in 2014 outlined a new linear history GCSE course covering 5 elements: A British depth study A wider world depth...

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  • New Saxon, Viking and Medieval GCSE Content

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    As you will no doubt be aware, GCSEs are changing. New specifications (subject to accreditation) will require students to learn history from a range of different time periods. Different specifications will specify different content, but whichever specification you end up teaching, you are very likely to be teaching some medieval...

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  • Securing contextual knowledge in year 10

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    Using regular, lowstakes tests to secure pupils' contextual knowledge in Year 10 Lee Donaghy was concerned that his GCSE students' weak contextual knowledge was letting them down. Inspired by a mixture of cognitive science and the arguments of other teachers expressed in various blogs, he decided to tackle the problem...

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  • GCSE History

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    There are a wide variety of changes happening in relation to GCSE. Current exam specifications (for students sitting exams in 2015) were subject to 'strengthening' measures. The extent of change varies from board to board and specification so you need to check with your own examination board that you are...

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  • Subject criteria for GCSE and A Level History published

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    The Department for Education today published subject criteria for both GCSE and A Level History. The new linear A Level History will be ready for first teaching from September 2015 and will retain a 20 percent personal study element. It is still unclear how the two year A Level course...

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  • Fact Based Quiz Ideas For Turning D grades into Cs

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    If you are looking to raise your D grades into Cs, a big focus is going to be fact retention. This can be in the form of fact based quizzes and organisational activities, but also in the form of starter quizzes and plenaries. Below are a few ideas that move...

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  • GCSE Controlled Assessment

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    Context: Following a great deal of adverse publicity about coursework, the then-QCA carried out a study into cheating and plagiarism. It released this in 2005 and found that about 4000 students a year were being caught for breaching the rules.  The blame was laid at the internet especially custom-made essays...

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