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History is an optional course for students wgo are more secure in their academic studies and/or those who have already started the course in their mainstream school.

As directed in the specification, we aim to provide 'a broad and diverse study of the history of Britain and the wider world whilst providing students with skills that will support study in other subjects (like English and the Personal Finance final exam).

The specification sets out 5 aims:

  • Develop and extend students' knowledge and understanding of specified key events, periods and societies in local, British, and wider world history; and of the wide diversity of human experience.
  • Engage in historical enquiry to develop as independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers.
  • Develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past, to investigate issues critically and to make valid historical claims by using a range of sources in their historical context.
  • Develop an awareness of why people, events and developments have been accorded historical significance and how and why different interpretations have been constructed about them.
  • Organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in different ways and reach substantiated conclusions.


Students study for 3 exam papers

Paper 1

Thematic study and historic environment. Currently. Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000-present and Whitechapel, c1870-c1900: crime, policing and the inner city.


Paper 2

Period study and British depth study. Currently, Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509-40 and Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91


Paper 3

Modern depth study. Currently, Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39


Each paper provides a choice in study and pupils chose current set-up. However, given the changing nature of our cohorts, the original pupils involved in the choice are limited.

 Generally, the course provides subject knowledge on the chosen topics and pupils are assessed on their ability to recall information (facts, names, dates, etc.).

 For each topic, similar skills are being utilised, including those addressed in English: comprehension of materials, extended writing which includes quotations and analysis of Sources.



Due to the amount of writing required for higher grades in History, strategies to encourage extended writing and the use of Point Quote Comment (explanation/analysis/evaluation) are sourced regularly. In addition, the mark schemes led themselves to the higher order challenge of Bloom’s Taxonomy/Anderson’s revised taxonomy – thus, lesson objectives incorporate Bloom’s taxonomy to support pupils with the challenge required in the exam questions.

 Different learning styles are supported throughout the lessons in order to support pupils’ engagement and focus: for example, using worksheets, text books, PowerPoints, discussion and poster work. The current Year 11 group like to ‘copy’ all information and so it is sometimes necessary to provide sheets of information for them to highlight (otherwise, time can be lost).



Assessment of work is in accordance with the 9-1 grading scheme. Pupils are assessed on their recalling of key names, dates and facts, whilst being able to analyse and evaluate. There is also a paper that provides a source for pupils to respond to.

 In order to support preparation for the GCSE examinations, pupils undertake a number of mini recall quizzes and extended questions to review learning and provide revision materials.  

 Unfortunately, due to the admissions process and our intake throughout Years 10 and 11, pupils often have a lot of ‘catching up’ to do so full mock exams covering all three papers has yet to be feasible.



All pupils complete a baseline upon entry to the academy which tests their ability to respond to sources, drawing very little from KS2 and KS3 History. As it does not assess knowledge on the topics to be covered (because there is scope for the different cohorts to change these), each pupil should have the same starting point.

 Intake at different points of the year has an impact on potential outcomes as there is a significant volume of subject knowledge to be acquired, requiring a high level of commitment from the pupils. This is something that we have to consider when making exam entries and is discussed with individuals who may choose to focus on intervention for other areas.

 There is a need to continually evaluate the benefit of offering GCSE History to our learners, although we have already identified the need to include KS3 History in order to address this and will look to timetable this in the new academic year.


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Key events and Historical figures across time linked to studies in English, impact on styles of art, etc. (people and events_ AIC- WW1 and WW2





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