New History subject content and assessment objectives – first impressions.

New History subject content and assessment objectives – first impressions.

The new GCSE objectives and content have arrived in our twitter feeds, and a first glance reading might leave you thinking ‘what was all the fuss about’.  Look closely and there are some interesting changes, some of which are welcome,

KenRadical on the imagined dichotomy between ‘skills’ and ‘knowledge’ in learning.

Missed this great post from KenRadical on how you can’t effectively teaching knowing without doing or doing without knowing.  Knowing is vital – you can’t be a fulfilled, empowered, creative human being without knowing things.   However, the extent of your

Assessing learning under the new National Curriculum

http://www.education.gov.uk/schools/teachingandlearning/curriculum/nationalcurriculum2014/a00225864/assessing-without-levels Ofsted’s inspections will be informed by whatever pupil tracking data schools choose to keep. Schools will continue to benchmark their performance through statutory end of key stage assessments, including national curriculum tests. In the consultation on primary assessment and accountability, the

Steve Mastin speaks in the Telegraph about making history compulsory.

  http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/secondaryeducation/9821262/History-lessons-should-be-compulsory.html  Steve Mastin talks a great deal of sense in this article about the lack of a golden age in history teaching, and the fact that 30% take up of GCSE history is actually quite impressive in a crowded

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