Long-term planning at Key Stage 4

Planning for the legacy GCSE history specifications

I have featured only a few models from the existing specifications, concentrating instead on the new specifications.  For each course offered by each board I have given a brief and gentle critique of different schools’ approaches.  When we know what really works we can make firmer judgements.

All the examination boards have offered different models for how their new courses might be tackled.  Some are genuinely helpful; some that involve taking modules early may not work because of the school’s organisation, and others look like suggestions from people who have no intention of teaching it!

Some of you will have benefited from INSET run by national providers or by exam boards.  In a number of cases, such as AQA or OCR SHP there is little that is new, but a number of schools have taken the opportunity to look again at what is being offered, perhaps in the light of evidence from pupil and parent surveys.

Most, but not all of you will already have made decisions about when you will assess your students.  The debate about when to tackle the Controlled Assessment in particular is proving vexing to some.  The late publication

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