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  • Progression & Assessment without Levels - Guide

      Progression & Assessment
    In the 2014 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...
    Progression & Assessment without Levels - Guide
  • Fact Based Quiz Ideas For Turning 3s into 4s and 5s

      Briefing Pack
    Please note: this resource pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content and links may be outdated. If you are looking to raise your 3/4 grades into 4s/5s, a big focus is going to be fact retention. This can be in the form of fact based quizzes and organisational activities,...
    Fact Based Quiz Ideas For Turning 3s into 4s and 5s
  • A local history toolkit

      Toolkit
    Produced by the Historical Association for the National Literacy Trust's "The Olden Times" newspaper resource, May 2011. For more recent resources on local history enquiries see: Local significant individuals Local history scheme of work: your local high street Local history scheme of work: transport Incorporating local history into a scheme...
    A local history toolkit
  • What Does the English Baccalaureate mean for me?

      Briefing Pack
    History constitutes a key player in the new English Baccalaureate, being one of the two choices that students may opt for in the Humanities section. The English Baccalaureate is a measure of pupil progress consisting of 5 core subjects that will be reported in league tables. Students who successfully achieve ...
    What Does the English Baccalaureate mean for me?
  • Joan of Arc - Saint, Witch or Warrior?

      Transition Training Session 4
    This is the 4th of 5 sessions arising from the 2005 KS2-KS3 History Transitions Project: Transition training session 1: Historical Enquiries & Interpretations Transition training session 2: Using ICT in the teaching of history Transition training session 3: Extended writing in history Transition training session 4: Joan of Arc - Saint,...
    Joan of Arc - Saint, Witch or Warrior?
  • Cunning Plan 103: why did Henry VIII marry so many times?

      Article
    This enquiry sequence was inspired by an Historical Association lecture given last year by Susan Doran entitled, ‘Why did Elizabeth I not marry?’ Through its 14-19 conferences, sections of this journal and local branch activity, the Historical Association has started to secure stronger connection between up-to-date historical scholarship and classroom...
    Cunning Plan 103: why did Henry VIII marry so many times?
  • Key Stage 2-3 History Transition Project

      Guide to KS2-KS3 Transition
    Please note: these resources pre-date the 2014 National Curriculum. For more recent resources on Transition KS2-KS3 please see: Transition KS2–KS3 (Primary History article, 2021) Smooth Transitions: Key Stage 2 to 3 (Primary History article, 2020) Transition Key Stage 2 and 3 (Primary History article, 2016) Before 1066 & All That: Transition between...
    Key Stage 2-3 History Transition Project
  • Putting life into history: how pupils can use oral history to become critical historians

      Teaching History article
    However imaginative and enquiring classroom history may be, the history itself is usually constructed by a historian, a textbook author or a teacher. It is rare that pupils gain the opportunity to construct original histories of their own. Oral history can offer this opportunity. Yet as a methodology, oral history...
    Putting life into history: how pupils can use oral history to become critical historians
  • Asses, archers and assumptions: strategies for improving thinking skills in history in Years 9 to 13

      Teaching History article
    Thinking skills’ is a term that has been substantially over-used. It often seems to be rather a lazy shorthand for justifying the teaching of history by suddenly bolting on some ‘thinking’ - as if history is not all about thought in the first place. Arthur Chapman suggests using techniques from...
    Asses, archers and assumptions: strategies for improving thinking skills in history in Years 9 to 13
  • Key Concepts at Key Stage 3

      Key Concepts
    Please note: This unit was produced before the 2014 National Curriculum and therefore while much of the advice is still useful, there may be some out of date references or links. For more recent resources on key concepts, see our What's the Wisdom on series. The key concepts can be divided into three...
    Key Concepts at Key Stage 3
  • Bruce! You're history.' The place of history in the Scottish curriculum

      Teaching History article
    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...
    Bruce! You're history.' The place of history in the Scottish curriculum
  • What about history? Lessons from seven years with project-based learning

      Teaching History article
    Please note: this article pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content may be outdated. Alternative curriculum models can take many forms. Some seem to be imposed on reluctant history teachers with little opportunity for planning. Other teachers are given the opportunity to really embed and revise models that might...
    What about history? Lessons from seven years with project-based learning
  • The New Imperialism

      Classic Pamphlet
    This Classic Pamphlet first published in 1970 comes with a new introduction written by the author M. E. Chamberlain.The New Imperialism - Introduction by M. E. Chamberlain Professor Emeritus at Swansea University. May 2010.When this pamphlet was first published imperialism was a hot political topic and battle raged between Marxist and...
    The New Imperialism
  • Maths and History - Cross Curricular Case Study

      Case Study
    Maths and Museums: Norwich Castle Museum Working with Key Stage 3 MathsFaye Kalloniatis (Museum Education Manager, Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service)The project, ‘Storming the Castle, challenged the idea that museums are not places where schools can extend their students' maths skills. On the contrary, the project demonstrated that museums can...
    Maths and History - Cross Curricular Case Study
  • Research Methods in Heritage, Museums & Galleries

      Reading List
    Reading List for those interested in research methods in heritage, museums and galleries from Newcastle University... Essential Reading Dicks, Bella, From Mine to Museum: The Evolution of Heritage in the Rhondda in Heritage, place, and community by Dicks, Bella University of Wales Press, 2000  Dicks, Bella, Heritage and Local Memory in...
    Research Methods in Heritage, Museums & Galleries
  • Approaches to the History Curriculum: skills based curriculum

      Briefing Pack
    In 2010 many schools were adopting thematic or skills based curricula in England. This is one way of organising a curriculum. Some of the pros and cons of this approach are elaborated here.  There are an increasing number of schools now adopting a thematic or skills based curriculum for year...
    Approaches to the History Curriculum: skills based curriculum
  • 'The end of all existence is debarred me': Disraeli's depression 1826-30

      Historian article
    During the years from 1826 to 1830 Benjamin Disraeli went through the slough of despond. His first major biographer,William Flavelle Monypenny, observed the ‘clouds of despondency which were now settling upon Disraeli's mind'. In his magisterial life of the great tory leader Robert Blake commented that ‘after completing Part II...
    'The end of all existence is debarred me': Disraeli's depression 1826-30
  • Does the linguistic release the conceptual? Helping Year 10 to improve their casual reasoning

      Teaching History article
    Please note: this article pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content may be outdated. Does new vocabulary help students to express existing ideas for which they do not yet have words or does it actually give them new ideas which they did not previously hold? James Woodcock asks whether...
    Does the linguistic release the conceptual? Helping Year 10 to improve their casual reasoning
  • Causation

      Key Concepts
    Please note: these links were compiled in 2009. For a more recent resource, please see: What's the Wisdom on: Causation.  These Teaching History Articles on 'Causation' are highly recommended reading to those who would like to get to grips with this key concept: 1. Move Me On 92. Problem page for history mentors. Teaching...
    Causation
  • Teaching about heritage through a cross-curricular enquiry

      Teaching History article
    Please note: this article pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content may be outdated. What should we do with our brightest and best? Neal Watkin and Johannes Ahrenfelt suggest an enquiry for a very high ability Year 8 group which is both challenging and genuinely historical. The enquiry itself...
    Teaching about heritage through a cross-curricular enquiry
  • One Year GCSE

      Briefing Pack
    Background A new development for curriculum change this year (2009) has been that many schools are now changing the pattern of GCSE/Key Stage 4 courses, following the ending of compulsory SATs for English, Maths and Science at the end of Key Stage 3. It is not yet clear how many...
    One Year GCSE
  • Approaches to the History Curriculum: Project based learning

      Briefing Pack
    Rationale/Origins Project based learning has been around for decades; it is not a new idea. When we think back to the curriculum of the 1970s and early 80s, integrated Humanities was once again all the rage. As the Nuffield review of 2008 highlights "between 1975 and 1983, HMI tried to...
    Approaches to the History Curriculum: Project based learning
  • Anorexia Nervosa in the nineteenth century

      Historian article
    First referred to by Richard Morton (1637-98) in his Phthisiologia under the denomination phthisis nervosa as long ago as 1689, anorexia nervosa was given its name in a note by Sir William Gull (1816-90) in 1874. Gull had earlier described a disorder he termed apepsia hysterica, involving extreme emaciation without...
    Anorexia Nervosa in the nineteenth century
  • Question: When is a comment not worth the paper it's written on? Answer: When it's accompanied by a Level, grade or mark!

      Teaching History article
    In this article, Simon Butler advances a strong case for ‘comments only’ marking. Good assessment, he argues, is about encouraging students to reflect on their current performance and take responsibility for their own progress. Assigning Levels to pupils’ work is often justified in terms of the generation of targets which...
    Question: When is a comment not worth the paper it's written on? Answer: When it's accompanied by a Level, grade or mark!
  • Sharing The Past: Northamptonshire's Black History

      Book Review
    Northamptonshire Black History Association Pub 2008; ISBN:978 0 9557139 1 0; £12.95 [+£2.30 p and p] from: NBHA, Doddridge Centre, 109 St James Road, Northampton, NN5 5LD. How fortunate Northamptonshire history teachers are! With the current emphasis on community cohesion and diversity in the New Secondary Curriculum, they are presented...
    Sharing The Past: Northamptonshire's Black History