Curricular implementation at Key Stage 4: Anatomy of a GCSE History Unit.

Thanks to Hugh Richards, Head of History at Huntington School and course leader of the HA’s Subject Leader Development Programme, for this blogpost. In it Hugh walks us through the process of planning a GCSE History Unit. From that he draws out GCSE planning principles. This blogpost is useful for anyone also planning GCSE units and to discuss in departmental CPD. I have recently planned … Continue reading Curricular implementation at Key Stage 4: Anatomy of a GCSE History Unit.

Some thoughts on responding to results: a guide for new (or nervous!) Subject Leaders of History

In this blogpost Hugh Richards shares his experience of results’ days. Hugh is Head of History at Huntington School in York and the leader of the team of SLs who work on the HA’s Subject Leader Development Programme. Firstly, I am no expert on data. I am an experienced head of department, but I am not claiming any particular authority, just sharing my approach in … Continue reading Some thoughts on responding to results: a guide for new (or nervous!) Subject Leaders of History

The return to formal assessment at KS3

Richard Kennett (@richkbristol), of Gatehouse Green Trust in Bristol, shares recent rethinking of KS3 assessment in his school in response to recent discussions on history edutwitter. This may be incredibly obvious to many of you but given the number of tweets I keep seeing about assessment I thought I would share what we have been doing and thinking at my school in Bristol. I am … Continue reading The return to formal assessment at KS3

What could Lemov’s ideas for Remote Learning look like in History?

Thanks to Alex Fairlamb (@lamb_heart_tea), member of HA Secondary Committee and  coordinator of TMHI, for sharing her work with Lemov’s ideas in the history classroom. You might have come to this post through hearing her on Teachers Talk Radio too! (Apologies – to load Alex’s lovely tables in time, they are screenshoted and the links given underneath – Ed!) Doug Lemov’s ‘Teaching in the Online Classroom’ … Continue reading What could Lemov’s ideas for Remote Learning look like in History?

“I’m a Year 11/13 teacher in a Covid-classroom, get me out of here!!”…

How can we prepare students for their GCSEs and A Levels in a time of remote learning and teaching from the front? – PART TWO Alex Fairlamb (@LambHeartTea) from HA Secondary Committee continues with part two of her blogpost focused on teaching exam-classes in Covid world. Once again, Alex has consulted colleagues around the country and we are really grateful to everyone whose helped with … Continue reading “I’m a Year 11/13 teacher in a Covid-classroom, get me out of here!!”…

“I’m a Year 11/13 teacher in a Covid-classroom, get me out of here!!”…

… How can we prepare students for their GCSEs and A levels in a time of remote learning and teaching from the front? – PART ONE Thanks to Alex Fairlamb (@LambHeartTea) of HA Secondary Committee for this first post of two continuing our series about teaching in a time of Covid. Alex has connected with colleagues across the country to draw together lots of ideas … Continue reading “I’m a Year 11/13 teacher in a Covid-classroom, get me out of here!!”…

What to do with mock exams – part 2

Thanks to Martyn Bajkowski, Head of History at Pleckgate High School and a member of HA Secondary Committee for continuing this series of three blogposts to help us to make the best possible use of mock exams.  Stage 2 – After their exam Standardisation After students have sat their examination it is important to get hold a range of answers but I would suggest no … Continue reading What to do with mock exams – part 2

What to do with mock exams – part 1

Thanks to Martyn Bajkowski, Head of History at Pleckgate High School and a member of HA Secondary Committee for this, the first of a series of three blogposts to help us to make the best possible use of mock exams.  The Year 11 Mock Exam Season has hit.  Whether your school does one, two or even three sittings of examinations I wanted to share what … Continue reading What to do with mock exams – part 1

How specifying the knowledge has really helped all our learners

In this blogpost, Richard Kennett shares his department’s work to focus on core knowledge at A level. The approach could be applied at other levels. This sort of curriculum conversation leading to development is what we want to share on #OBHD. Please share your work too and meanwhile follow @histassoc and find more support via www.history.org.uk    The problem of a lack of A* grades Last … Continue reading How specifying the knowledge has really helped all our learners