National Policies

As a history leader, it is important to have an up to date knowledge of national policies affecting history in schools as well as a good knowledge of the history and evolution of national policies. In this section you will find articles and resources related to National policies affecting history education.

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  • Tracking the health of history in England’s secondary schools

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    In 2009 the Historical Association conducted the first of what has become an annual survey of history teachers in England. Its aim was to get beyond bare statistics relating to subject uptake and examination success to examine the reality of history teaching across all kinds of schools and to map...

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  • HA response to the DFE consultation on CPD

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    In September, the government launched a call for evidence concerning teachers professional development. The Historical Association has responded to the call for evidence on behalf of our members. You can read our response below.

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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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  • Progression & Assessment without Levels - Guide

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    In the new national curriculum for primary and secondary history one of the key differences is that, for the first time since 1991, there are no level descriptions against which you can assess pupils' progress.  The new attainment target says simply that: ‘By the end of each key stage, pupils...

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  • Making the most of the new secondary history curriculum

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    Workshop Materials from Annual Conference 2014Friday - Session 3 - FSMM3Saturday - Session 1 - SSMM1Making the most of the new secondary history curriculum Michael Maddison HMI and Ofsted's National Lead for HistoryThis workshop will look at the requirements of the new National Curriculum at Key Stage 3 (and Key...

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  • Keeping concepts key to the new National Curriculum

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    Workshop Materials from Annual Conference 2014Keeping concepts key to the new National Curriculum - Katie Hall History author and education consultantSaturday - Session 2 - SSKH2This session will involve looking at planning for conceptual progression and ensuring that the new curriculum is still delivered through second-order concepts.

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  • Improving transition between primary and secondary history for the new National Curriculum

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    Workshop Materials from Annual Conference 2014 Before 1066 and all that: Improving transition between primary and secondary history for the new National Curriculum by Andrew Wrenn - Cambridgeshire LA Humanities AdvisorThis practical workshop will look at how an engaging but rigorous experience of primary history in Year 6 can build secure...

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  • Progression without Levels

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    "As part of our reforms to the national curriculum , the current system of ‘levels' used to report children's attainment and progress will be removed.  It will not be replaced." (DfE 2013)If you are beginning to think about how to go about defining and assessing progress in a post levels...

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  • Teaching History 153 Supplement: Curriculum Evolution

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    A special supplement to Teaching History to support the 2014 National Curriculum. HA Update 1) Thinking about how the HA can support your department  2) Jamie Byrom: Alive ... and kicking? Personal reflections on the revised National Curriculum and what we might do with it 3) Michael Fordham: O Brave...

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  • Knowledge and the Draft NC

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    Silk purse from a sow's ear? Why knowledge matters and why the draft History NC will not improve it Katie Hall and Christine Counsell attempt to construct a Key Stage 3 scheme of work out of the draft National Curriculum for history that was released for consultation in England in...

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  • Pedagogy, politics and the profession

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    Pedagogy, politics and the profession: a practical perusal of past, present and future developments in teaching history in Australian schoolsHistory curriculum reform proposals and debates are a persistent feature of the contemporary educational landscape in England and, very probably, a ‘sign of the times' that can reveal a great deal...

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  • Bruce! You're history.' The place of history in the Scottish curriculum

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    History teachers in Scotland are feeling vulnerable. A curriculum review is leading to debates about history’s place in schools – will it or should it be a statutory part of Scotland’s curriculum for 11-14 year olds? Many of the concerns in Sam Henry’s article will ring true for teachers throughout...

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