Ofsted

Ofsted have undertaken a number of history subject reports. The History for All report of 2011 provided an excellent evidence base which was used in several history education campaigns. In addition Ofsted has also published examples of good practice in history. In this section you will find links to research and guidance published by Ofsted.

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  • Ofsted Guidance 2014

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    New Curriculum – Examples of planningThe National Curriculum for History from September 2014: the view from Ofsted

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  • Ofsted Guidance 2013

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    Rigorous history and Ofsted success: happy bedfellowsOfsted Case Study - Inspiring History Teachers

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  • Ofsted Guidance 2012

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    Ofsted Good Practice Resource A Guide to the New Ofsted Framework Ofsted reports in history and materials for schools

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  • Ofsted Guidance 2011

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    Departmental Health CheckOfsted Report on the teaching of History in schools Ofsted Report: History a successful subject in schools

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  • Departmental Health Check

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    If you are a new teacher or head of department, sometimes making sense of Ofsted criteria and relating it to your own departmental practice can be a daunting prospect. It can be difficult to see the difference between one grade and another and where you can improve. We at the...

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  • Developing Citizenship in Schools

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    The HA would like to thank the Association for Citizenship Teaching for allowing us to reproduce this article on the HA Website! In a novel and revealing 'dialogue', Scott Harrison HMI, specialist adviser for history and citizenship at Ofsterd, and Liz Craft, lead consultant for citizenship at QCA, discuss the...

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  • Year 10's thinking skills did not just pop out of nowhere: steering your OFSTED inspector into the long-term reasons for classroom success.

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    Sue Dove describes a short but action-packed activity sequence that was designed explicitly to show the OFSTED inspector the impact of the department's professional thinking and long-term planning. An integrated approach to thinking and writing at Key Stage 3 and much training of pupils to adopt a disciplined and creative...

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  • Talk to your inspector: making the most of your history inspection

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    Scott Harrison gives the official view on what history teachers can expect from an OFSTED inspection. He emphasises the need to communicate, as fully as possible, the department's rationale underlying all professional practice. This is essential if the inspector is to analyse the reasons why standards are as they are....

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  • Ofsted and History in Schools

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    HM Inspector John Hamer reviews the evidence. In a lecture marking the 150th anniversary of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Schools, Peter Gordon recalled a nineteenth century HMI, the Reverend W.H. Brookfield. His circle of friends included Tennyson, the Hallams and Thomas Carlyle.

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