Currently pupils have to study a local topic as part of their KS3 curriculum. Beyond this stipulation, little guidance is offered, so departments are free to exploit the flexibility in the best way they can. Now that the new GCSE contains a local dimension the KS3 local study takes on a new dimension. Not only is it important in its own right, it is also has an important role in preparing students with the skills necessary to be successful at GCSE history. Whether the board you have chosen weights the local dimension at 10% or 20%, it is still a significant element that could very well determine students’ performance in the EBacc.