In addition to advice on: being healthy, staying safe, enjoying and achieving, making a positive contribution etc, this site focuses on five others areas that have the ECM’s agenda, if not its headings, at heart.

You will find lots of advice on inclusion, especially with regard to helping pupils who have very poor literacy skills.  An allied section on providing for children for whom English is an Additional Language (EAL) raises many similar issues and offers a few golden rules to follow in history.

The third section is probably one of the most vital in that it deals with what motivates reluctant learners in history.  All my experience of working in primary schools over twenty years points to the 4 Ps: people, puzzle, process and point.  If we can centre our history investigations on people and the human condition, then we have a far better chance of engaging pupils’ interest.  If we can present history as a puzzle then they will start to think for themselves and will invariably enjoy the experience.  Finally, we need to stress the point of what they are doing. So no copying or colouring in! and hopefully not too many closed comprehension exercises

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