Previous National Curriculums

The last revision of the National Curriculum was in 2014. The Historical Association has played a crucial role in campaign and development. In this section you will find a record of previous revisions of the National Curriculum for history and some resources that were written in response to those curriculums.

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  • A Guide to the Key Stage 3 programme

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    This unit was produced before the new curriculum and therefore while much of the advice is still useful, there may be some out of date references or links. To help you implement the curriculum, our guide provides a variety of resources that enable you to explore the concepts, processes, range and...

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  • History in Schools - Present and Future

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    History in Schools - Present and future: Event report This one day conference was organised by the sponsors to raise awareness of the changes in the 14-19 curriculum and initiate discussion on how history, taught from Key Stage 3 to HE level, could be best served and enhanced by the...

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  • Background information: citizenship and history

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    Citizenship was introduced as a National Curriculum subject at key stages 3 and 4 in 2002. Prior to that many schools had taught aspects of citizenship as a cross-curricular theme, often in the context of Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE). Much of the impetus for introducing citizenship as a...

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  • Cunning Plan 132 The new National Curriculum

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    Question: How can we plan for a coherent Year 7 that makes the most of the new National Curriculum freedom and its almost limitless possible content? Answer: borders, boundaries (and books)

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  • Planning and Teaching the New Key Stage 3 PoS

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    These notes, ideas and teaching suggestions have developed from CPD courses run over the last few years and from planning and developing SHP resources for the new KS3 programme. Inevitably, it's a statement of current thinking with ideas constantly developing but I hope it proves useful and practical in helping...

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  • The National Curriculum Attainment Target (from 2008)

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    Level 4 Pupils show their knowledge and understanding of local, national and international history by describing some of the main events, people and periods they have studied, and by identifying where these fit within a chronological framework. They describe characteristic features of past societies and periods to identify change and...

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  • In a Nutshell 130

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    Help! I'm starting to panic! I hear there is another new National Curriculum for Key Stage 3. Is that true? Yes, that's right. This is the most significant change to the National Curriculum since the revisions of 2000. Every subject will have a new Key Stage 3 programme of study.

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  • Key Stage 3 New Programme of study resources: Part 1

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    The HA supported by the CfBT is in the process of developing resources to enable secondary teachers to tackle the new Key Stage 3 programme of study for history. We shall be devoting an entire section of the website to these resources taking you through the concepts, processes, range and...

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  • Resources from the HA/CfBT Regional Conferences Part 1

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    The HA has held nine regional conferences across England in London, Norwich, Leeds, Leicester, Reading, Darlington, Bristol, Birmingham and Bolton to train history teachers in ways to tackle the New Key Stage 3 Curriculum. Please find below the PowerPoint presentations that went with morning introduction>>>

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  • Key Stage 3 New Programme of study resources: Part 2

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    Here are some papers that cover some of the Key Concepts in the new curriculum such as chronological understanding. Click the link below>>> We have also produced a number of papers providing examples of how to set up a unit to teach the new Key Stage 3 programme such as Planning for...

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  • ICT Resources for GCSE History Teachers

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    The HA has compiled 3 invaluable spreadsheets that take you through the main History GCSE specifications, topic by topic, providing online resources for each topic and covering all the areas specified by the main awarding bodies. Each spreadsheet takes you through each specification and is filled with links to all the best available...

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  • Where do I begin?

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    Planning a new Key Stage 3 Curriculum: A Powerpoint presentation from the Regional Subject CfBT/HA Conferences 3 Curriculum aims are: successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society...

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  • History changes - HA CfBT Conference

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    The curriculum aims to enable all young people to become: successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society...

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  • Dr Tim Lomas - Effective Practice in the New Secondary Curriculum - PowerPoint presentation

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    Personal Views: 1. Changing little is a possibility but probably time limited; 2. Its not the thin edge of the wedge to integrate the subject or reduce time; 3. What is accepted as good history has not changed; 4. It provides an opportunity to update its rationale; 5. We are...

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  • Building a better past: plans to reform the curriculum

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    David Nicholls summarises some of the problems facing history education and offers a commentary on various cases for reform. He argues that we need to look at provision holistically from 5 to 21 and urges collaboration across phases and sectors. By working more closely together, the history community as a...

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  • Editorial: History, Citizenship and the Curriculum - A Fit Purpose

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    In AD 62 an earthquake devastated the town of Pompeii. In AD 1976 Jim Callaghan in his Ruskin speech set off a seismic shock that shook education to its foundations. Almost two decades after the 62 AD Pompeii earthquake’s warning signs the volcanic explosion of Vesuvius destroyed the town and...

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  • Pilot GCSE Resources Spreadsheet

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    The HA has compiled 3 spreadsheets that take you through the main History GCSE specifications World History, Schools History Project and the Pilot GCSE which has a compulsory examined element on Medieval England. Each spreadsheet takes you through each specification, topic by topic and is filled with links to all...

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  • Schools History Project ICT Resources Spreadsheet

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    The HA has compiled 3 spreadsheets that take you through the main History GCSE specifications World History, Schools History Project and the Pilot GCSE which has a compulsory examined element on Medieval England. Each spreadsheet takes you through each specification, topic by topic and is filled with links to all...

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  • Modern World History ICT Resources Spreadsheet

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    The HA has compiled 3 spreadsheets that take you through the main History GCSE specifications World History, Schools History Project and the Pilot GCSE which has a compulsory examined element on Medieval England. Each spreadsheet takes you through each specification, topic by topic and is filled with links to all...

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  • Nutshell

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    This edition of 'Nutshell' highlights concerns about the AS/A2 assessments.

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