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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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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