Keystage history - Imaginative History Teaching in Primary and Secondary Schools

  • Keystage 1 Keystage 1 Expert advice on all aspects of planning and teaching history at KS1 especially assessment , progression, links with literacy, and high quality enquiry-based learning. There are over 50 fully resourced lessons which were graded as outstanding by an OFSTED history inspector as well as numerous imaginative and creative activities to inspire your pupils.
  • Keystage 2 Keystage 2 Expert advice on all aspects of teaching history at KS2 especially assessment, progression, chronology and high quality enquiry-based learning. There are over 70 fully-resourced lessons which were graded as outstanding by an OFSTED history inspector as well as numerous imaginative and creative activities covering all the main topics which your pupils will love.
  • Keystage 3 Keystage 3 Expert advice on all aspects of planning and teaching history, especially the crucial areas of assessment and progression and enquiry-based learning. There are over 70 fully resourced lessons which were graded as outstanding by an OFSTED history inspector as numerous imaginative and creative activities covering all the main topics.
  • Keystage 4 Keystage 4 The jewel in the crown is the outstanding lessons section with over 60 fully-resourced lessons ( covering all MW and SHP topics) which were graded outstanding by an OFSTED history inspector. Better learning rather than simple exam practice lies at the heart of the site’s philosophy but there is also plenty of expert advice on how to improve GCSE grades for all students.
  • Keystage 5 Keystage 5 This is the only site offering cutting-edge teaching ideas for AS and A2 history. It shows in detail how to help students think more deeply in lessons and to work more independently between sessions. There are some a large number of really creative imaginative strategies on offer. Subscribers love the fully-resourced lessons judged outstanding by an OFSTED history inspector.


About Keystage History

Keystage history is the home of best practice in primary and secondary history teaching and learning You can totally trust the authoritative, cutting edge, expert advice and you will be inspired by all the creative planning and teaching ideas. Subscribers love the wide range of fully resourced history lessons, all judged outstanding by a vastly experienced LA history adviser who has observed over 2,000 primary and secondary lessons and has carried out 60 national inspection for OFSTED. Every aspect of leading history 5-19 is covered in detail, from assessment and progression through to curriculum planning, raising standards and inspiring colleagues. This site is a must for any forward-looking subject leader.

Recently Added

  • Using simple ‘how plausible’ strategy for high-intensity thinking from KS2 to A level

    Sometimes the simplest ideas have the most impact, probably because we don’t over-complicate. Looking for a way of getting students to think for themselves, rather than slavishly follow the ideas listed in the textbook, I started to use ‘how plausible?’...
    more
  • 2016 History GCSE results

    As you may have heard by now, the percentage of pupils gaining  A*-C in GCSE history declined this year from 69.1% to 66%. There was also a fall in A* and A grades from 28.8 to 26.5%. Many commentators will...
    more
  • Great Fire of London

    6 top history ideas to cover in your Great Fire topic

    Many of you will be starting your Great Fire topic this term. Naturally you will want this to be exciting as well as challenging and you will want to focus on the main historical concepts: in this case, cause and...
    more
  • Thinking words in primary history: my top 10

    Thinking words in primary history: my top 10 Those of you who have used a lot of the lessons on the site will know only too well that I am a great believer in asking children to express their degrees of...
    more
  • 2016 A level history results

    Much as expected, the A level results for this year were boarder similar to the previous two years. The overall A*-B rose from 31.4% to 31.9% but there was a more significant fall in the percentage of A*s which fell...
    more
  • KS3 History

    Teaching historical significance at Key Stage 3

    When there is so much history to study how do students know what is significant? Is everything on the National Curriculum significant? If not why is it there? Are there significant events that are not taught in schools, when other...
    more
  • Outstanding GCSE lessons on Migration currently in production

    Migration Lesson 1: How well were the Jews treated in the Middle Ages? - overview

    As a starter in this new GCSE lesson on Migration students are given 4 interesting and iconic images of attitudes to Jews in England in the...
    more

Follow Us

Newsletter sign-up

About Me



Neil acts as an educational consultant for history for schools throughout the country. After teaching for 12 years, during which time he ran two departments and was a member of the Senior Leadership, Neil moved into advisory work,

For 18 years, he supported 70 secondary and 450 primary and special schools in Hampshire during which time he carried out over 60 national OFSTED inspections. More recently he has been heavily involved in running about 40 highly acclaimed national training courses a year for primary and secondary history teachers, as well as bespoke whole staff INSET days in primary schools.

He also works intensively-up to ten days a year- with a number of primary schools and supports other LAs with their history training. Neil has been an author for the BBC primary history Zig-Zag TV programmes and is editor for a series of KS2 books on Local history. He recently wrote the Teachers’ Guides for Hodder Education for all GCSE specifications. Neil now divides his time between developing the website, training teachers, and working in schools.

Simple Share Buttons