Briefing Packs

In this section you'll find our briefing packs. These are short, four-page guides to curriculum, subject and pedagogy issues to provide key information, key principles, offer basic guidance or help you get started.

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  • A guide to Assessment Reform at Key Stage 4

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    There are big changes in assessment taking place at Key Stage 4. If you are still getting to grips with what those changes are and what you can expect it to look like in practice, or you want to compare the assessment approaches taken by different examination Boards, then this...

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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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  • Assessment and Progression in the new Curriculum at Key Stage 3

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    Steve Mastin is head of history at Sawston Village College in Cambridgeshire. The downloadable resource below is from a workshop session delivered at the London History Forum in November 2013 on progression in the new curriculum. Alex Ford is Head of History at Guiseley School. In his article in Teaching History 157, Alex...

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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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  • A Guide to the New Ofsted Framework 2012

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    Ofsted...does that word leave you quaking in your boots? As we are sure you are aware, the new Ofsted framework came into force in January 2012. If you are yet to be inspected under the new framework, or you have an inspection imminent and you are wondering what to expect...

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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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  • Practical Ways To Raise Achievement in the GCSE History Classroom.

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    Whilst we can all appreciate the renewed status that the English Baccalaureate will bring for history, there is no doubt that along with it will come new pressures upon history departments to ensure that the maximum number of students achieve at least a grade C. The Historical Association is here...

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  • What Does the English Baccalaureate mean for me?

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  • Cambridge IGCSE History

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    Context: Primarily aimed at International Schools, although increasingly taken up by schools in the UK, the Cambridge IGCSE is very similar to the OCR GCSE in Modern History in terms of content and structure. Candidates can still produce coursework, or, if you are an International School on a fairly isolated...

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  • PSHE education and statutory status

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    A briefing for Head Teachers and Chairs of Governing Bodies PSHE education and statutory status Wash-up negotiations between the government and opposition parties on the Children, Schools and Families Bill resulted in the removal of the clauses to introduce PSHE education as a statutory subject in the national curriculum at...

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  • Using Archives

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  • Integrated learning models.

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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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  • Skills based curriculum

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    There are an increasing number of schools now adopting a thematic or skills based curriculum for year 7 students.  This type of curriculum is often based on the RSA ‘Opening Minds' project or similar ‘Learning to Learn' packages. The amount of curriculum time dedicated to this model appears to vary...

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  • Assessing Pupil Progress

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  • Two Year Key Stage Threes

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    Background More and more schools appear to be reducing the time their students spend studying at Key Stage 3 level. This can be due to an extension of key Stage Four, leading to three year GCSE courses, or to initiatives such as the Opening Minds agenda at the other end...

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  • Strengthening your department's position with SLT

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    Background An increasing focus on ‘Core' subjects, specialist status, curriculum change, narrow learning ‘pathways' and the relentless drive to improve Contextual Value Added (CVA) scores can lead to history being marginalised. At the very least this can see history slip down the priority list for budget, timetabling and accommodation. At...

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  • One Year GCSE

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    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...

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  • Enrichment Opportunities

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  • Innovations in the History Curriculum

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