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 inspections 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.

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    • They can apply criteria to...
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    Yesterday's more interesting news centred on a newly-published report on the finds at Durrington Wells on Salisbury Plain. As the place where the builders of Stonehenge lived and feasted, Durrington Walls is key to unlocking the story of the wider...
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  • How do we know about Grace Darling’s actions which happened so long ago? KQ4

    There are two distinct elements to this session.  Firstly, pupils develop a sense of period and of evidence by thinking about the sources historians would use to find out about Grace Darling.  Secondly, pupils act as history detectives, hunting down...
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  • How did sea rescue improve as a result of Grace Darling’s story? KQ5

    This session comprises 2 principal activities: matching descriptions of lifeboats to time periods to deepen pupils’ sense of change, continuity and chronology; sequencing and then selecting images for a Museum about most significant changes to sea rescue since Grace Darling's...
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  • Thinking about evidence at KS2. How do we know what happened in Saxons times?

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Over 300 fully-resourced, complete lessons (judged outstanding by OFSTED)

Over 200 more stand-alone activities

Expert advice on 40 key aspects of history teaching, for each key stage

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.

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